Judge Ann Jones, Steve Cooley and Jackie Lacey: Bizzare Rulings and Corruption, Anyone Surprised?

January 7, 2013
Anne Jones has a pattern of ruling against the ADDA and in the County's favor.

Ann Jones has a pattern of ruling against the ADDA and in the County’s favor.

Ann Jones, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, has done the dirty work for Steve Cooley and Jackie Lacey with her bizzare rulings.  Jones ruled the new performance evaluation plan, or better known as “PERSA,” was already implemented before the ADDA was certified on March 24, 2008.  This ruling is not only bizarre, but completely false.  Deputy DAs used to be rated “outstanding” year after year, for their hard work, from their supervisors.  Thanks to Steve Cooley and Jackie Lacey “outstanding” is only for selected prosecutors (like Cooley’s daughter who was promoted faster then… well  anyone we know).   When Cooley left office, he made certain of two things: 1) his daughter was promoted ahead of anyone in her class or grade and 2) it would be easy to fire the next target.

For years Deputy DAs were rated  “outstanding,” but under Cooley’s leadership he was determined to get rid of the performance evaluation system.  Thanks to Ann Jones and Cooley’s “PERSA” system, now Jackie Lacey can fire or demote anyone who opposes her, and Alan Jackson may be next.  Will Jackson receive “competent” or “needs improvement” on his next performance evaluation?  The Association of Deputy District Attorneys opposed the “PERSA” (performance evaluation) change as part of their litigation, but Anne Jones has made a bizzare and unusual ruling, clearly to gain favior with Cooley and LA County.  The matter is up on appeal with labor attorney Dick Shinee spearheading the appeal.  If the appeal fails, any Deputy DA who sees corruption within the office, might as well turn a blind eye or be fired.

If Jackie Lacey can commit perjury and get elected, then anything is possible.  Dick Shinee has 1000 Deputy DAs counting on him.  A complete failure on his part, coupled with judiciary corruption in LA Superior Court (no surprise) will result in the disposal of any Deputy DA at the snap of Lacey’s fingers.  Watch yourself Alan Jackson, your transfer to a desk job for running a campaign commercial exposing Jackie Lacey’s dishonesty, is only the first step in Lacey’s plan to get rid of you.  If Jackson is rated “needs improvement” he will be the next DA to be placed on a “performance improvement program” then fired.  It really doesn’t matter if you win 100% of your trials, like Steve Ipsen, or take down criminals like Phil Spector.  What matters is that Cooley and Lacey remain in power, continue their corruption, and take out their foes.

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Alan Jackson runs add about Jackie Lacey committing perjury to protect Steve Cooley and his union busting against ADDA

October 18, 2012

Alan Jackson runs add reporting Jackie Lacey’s perjury to protect her boss Steve Cooley

With nearly three weeks until the LA County District Attorney election Alan Jackson releases a much over due advertisement about Jackie Lacey committing perjury under oath to protect her boss Steve Cooley.  Anti-union animus runs rampant in the DAs office.  Cooley and Lacey will face their foes in federal court in early December.  The most recent anti-union animus occurred last week by Julie-Dixson Silva (county counsel to Steve Cooley) and Deputy DA Director Janet Moore who violated Judge Wright’s federal injunction ordering the elected DA Steve Cooley, his directors and manager to stop their anti-union behavior.  If they aren’t in contempt of court with their egregious comments who is?  An unfair labor complaint was filed by the ADDA’s AFSCME attorney Tris Carpenter. (read full complaint here)


Union Busting continues: Steve Cooley violates injunction, Jackie Lacey unable to control employees

October 15, 2012

Janet Moore and Julie-Dixon Silva lose control and engage in anti-union animus rants against the prosecutors union representative.

In the wake of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s race and union busting federal trial, anti-union animus continues. Jackie Lacey’s and Steve Cooley’s violation of a federal injunction is flagrant in the form of their manager Janet Moore and county counsel Julie-Dixon Silva.  

Steve Cooley and Jackie Lacey along with their directors and managers were ordered by federal judge Otis Wright, in the form of a federal injunction to stop harassing and intimidating members of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, a certified prosecutors union.

ADDA/AFSCME attorney Tris Carpenter, represents DAs in matters such as grievance hearings and union issues, and Mr. Carpenter accompanied a young district attorney in a grievance hearing where the DA “reported sexual harassment, domestic violence, trespassing, and potential grand theft”.  Read Unfair Labor Practices complaint here. Director Janet Moore along with wannabe judge, but thankfully not appointed by Governor Brown, Julie-Dixon Silva, both flew into a rage and began their rant of anti-union remarks and explicative vocabulary unbecoming of ladies, district attorneys and managers. Janet Moore was previously named in the anti-union federal law suit set for trial in early December.  Moore was unfortunately dropped from the law suit for unknown reasons.

With language fit for a sailor, Moore reportedly screamed at the union representative Tris Carpenter calling him a “paid Lackey whose only existence was to draw a salary from the dues paid by the members of the union”.  She told Mr. Carpenter to “get the f*** out of my office”, but that the district attorney filing their grievance could stay.  Moore violated the federal injunction, ERO 5.04.070 and ERO 5.04.240 by restraining and coercing employees from exercising their rights avail themselves of union representation and file grievances when they are mistreated.

Moore and Silva committed unfair employee relations practices and could be held in contempt of federal court.  Inside sources say this is only one of many flagrant violations that have existed over the past year since the injunction was filed. Meanwhile, Jackie Lacey has been seen around town at debates and fundraisers bragging about her abilities as a manager.  It seems her ability to manage Julie-Dixon Silva and Janet Moore are only part of Jackie Lacey’s problems as she enters into the District Attorney’s election and federal court where she will face perjury allegations.


Jackie Lacey and Steve Cooley Face a Federal Injunction and Union Bustion Charges in Federal Court

July 22, 2012

Jackie Lacey and Steve Cooley will face union busting charges in December

Jackie Lacey and Steve Cooley stave off union busting and perjury allegations until December 4th.  One day after Jackie Lacey is sworn in to office she prepares for trial.  Steve Cooley makes his way to federal court for union busting over the past decade.  (Read first amended complaint here)   Jackie Lacey testified in an Employee Relations Commission hearing, under oath, that she warned well respected Deputy DA Rob Dver to stay away from the union or it would be bad for his career.  (Jackie Lacey transcript #1) (Jackie Lacey transcript #2) Rob Dver testified that elected District Attorney Steve Cooley told him to stay away from the union and was then transferred to a lesser assignment. (Rob Dver-transcript)  Jackie Lacey later perjured herself when she recanted her testimony claiming the “twinkie defense”.  (Lacey perjury transcript) She said her original testimony, under oath, in front of the Employee Relations Commission was inaccurate because she had “low blood sugar” and was “obviously confused.”  Her poor eating habits were her excuse when she realized the impact of her statements about Steve Cooley and his anti-union behavior.  Jones Day will likely argue that Lacey and Cooley were merely warning their friend not to work with Steve Ipsen, an accomplished trial attorney with an outstanding trial record, and the prosecutors union.  Unfortunately, this violates the United States Constitution under the 1st Amendment.  Lacey and Cooley are at the helm of turmoil that has plagued the DAs office for the past 10 years.  They are accused of violating the union members’ rights of free speech and rights of association under the federal constitution.


Evidence of purgery: LA Times reports Jacquelyn Lacey “Jackie”: Chief Deputy D.A. gave conflicting testimony

May 21, 2012

Credit LA Times as they report on Jackie Lacey Purgery

By Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
May 20, 2012, 9:16 p.m.

Los Angeles County Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey gave conflicting testimony under oath during two union grievance hearings, attributing the contradiction to being confused and having problems with her blood sugar level, according to transcripts reviewed by The Times. (Read Employee Relations Commission transcript here Jackie Lacey Union Busting Transcript 1Jackie Lacey Union Busting Transcript 2) Lacey, who is running for district attorney and has won major endorsements from newspapers, including The Times, testified under oath in 2009 and 2010 as part of a county employment dispute in which the union representing prosecutors accused the district attorney’s office of retaliating against its officers.

Lacey testified at a July 2009 hearing that she told a prosecutor (Read Rob Dver testimoney and transcript here) who was considering joining the union’s bargaining team that “it was a bad idea” because Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley strongly disliked the union’s president at the time. She agreed that she also told the same prosecutor, a close friend of hers, that Cooley thought the union would be a disaster and that he didn’t like the union, according to a transcript from the hearing.

Six months later, Lacey testified at another hearing for the same dispute but said she never told the prosecutor that Cooley didn’t like the union or thought it would be a disaster. (Read Jackie Lacey purgery testimony here)

Lacey, then an assistant district attorney, said she had misunderstood some of the questions posed during the July 2009 hearing and realized her mistake after reading a transcript of her testimony.

“That afternoon I was really tired and I just, obviously, was confused,” she said during the January 2010 hearing. “I have blood-sugar issues in the afternoon where I lose concentration quite a bit.”

Until now, Lacey’s testimony at the county’s employee relations commission hearings has played no role in the race to succeed Cooley, who is retiring after three terms and has endorsed Lacey to replace him. In an email to The Times last month, however, a campaign strategist for rival district attorney candidate City Atty. Carmen Trutanich referred to Lacey’s “memory lapse (or flat out lying) under oath testifying in the union-busting suit against her and Cooley.”

Asked recently about her testimony, Lacey told The Times she did not lie but had not been listening closely enough to some of the questions during the first hearing. She said the county hearing officer who was deciding the dispute never found that she had been untruthful.

“I made a mistake,” she said. “I really should have been a lot more alert and careful.”

At the time, Lacey said, she had poor eating habits that resulted in her experiencing low energy in the afternoons — a problem she said she now manages better. Still, she said she regretted that the issue of her blood-sugar level had been raised during the hearing and blamed the attorney who was representing the district attorney’s office for asking her about it.

“He tried to make that an excuse, which was a mistake,” she said. “That was terrible. I never authorized him to say that was it.”

Hyatt Seligman, the current president of the Assn. of Deputy District Attorneys, described Lacey as “professional and fair” in her dealings with him but criticized her testimony at the hearing, particularly her explanation that she was confused and had a low blood-sugar level.

“On its face it’s difficult to swallow,” he said. “She, in my opinion, fell on her sword to protect Mr. Cooley, and it stood out, glaringly.”

The union has endorsed another candidate, Deputy Dist. Atty. Danette Meyers, for district attorney.

At the end of the case, the commission’s hearing officer found that the district attorney’s office transferred veteran prosecutors to less desirable assignments as part of a “deliberate and thinly disguised campaign” aimed at destroying the union.

Lacey described the county employee relations commission hearings as a “kangaroo court” and the hearing officer’s conclusions as “fraught with mistakes.” The district attorney’s office has asked a judge to overturn the commission’s findings, arguing that the proceeding was unfair and the hearing officer biased.

The office recently produced emails showing that the hearing officer, Thomas S. Kerrigan, told the commission’s executive director in private while the case was ongoing that he was “amazed at how stupid” one of Cooley’s lawyers was; called Cooley “mediocre”; and penned a poem to memorialize Cooley’s failed bid for attorney general that included the lines, “Hang down your head and sob; hang down your head, Steve Cooley; stuck in the same old job.” Kerrigan could not be reached for comment.

jack.leonard@latimes.com

NOTE:  LA County Board of Supervisors finally paid Marc Debbaut what was owed to him.  Steve Ipsen, former President of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, and Hyatt Seligman, current President of the ADDA will start their federal trial against Steve Cooley and his union busting actions in June.  Jones Day will be defending Cooley and is expected to bill the county millions of dollars in billable hours.  This trial is expected to come at a hefty price to the tax payers and prove Jackie Lacey and Steve Cooley violated federal law and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.


Betty Pleasant Updates on Union Busting – Jackie Lacey and Steve Cooley

September 29, 2011
Betty Pleasant Updates Us on the LA Union Busting Crusade of Jackie Lacey and Steve Cooley

Betty Pleasant Updates Us on the LA Union Busting Crusade of Jackie Lacey and Steve Cooley

THE SOULVINE: COST OF UNION BUSTING
By BETTY PLEASANT, Contributing Editor

Story Created: Sep 28, 2011 at 7:09 PM PDT

As anticipated, the lawsuit against District Attorney Steve Cooley and his joined-at-the-hip cohort, Jacquelyn Lacey, for their union busting campaign to thwart the organizing of their subordinate deputies in the District Attorney’s office, is costing us taxpayers a fortune.

 A portion of the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court on April 5, 2010 by four individual deputy D.A.s and the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, was settled last week. According to the “Memorandum of Understanding Re: Settlement” dated Sept. 19, the county will pay the ADDA $125,000 for Cooley’s and Lacey’s wrongdoings, and will pay Dep. D.A. Marc Debbaudt $440,000 for the pain and suffering Cooley/Lacey caused him. And that’s just one plaintiff; there are three more plaintiffs involved now in settlement negotiations over the unlawful actions of Cooley/Lacey.

Oh, and you know that face-slapping preliminary injunction Judge Otis Wright issued on March 2, 2010 against Cooley for his flagrant anti-union actions? Well, last week’s settlement stipulates that the injunction be declared permanent and in full effect for as long as Cooley is the D.A. — “including both his current term and any subsequent terms.”

But wait. That’s not all. We know that whenever private citizens sue a government entity, we, the taxpayers, have to pay the price. When this matter came up, I decried the fact that the tax-supported county counsel was defending Cooley/Lacey against this suit. I felt, and still feel, that the Cooley/Lacey crimes are outside the realm of prosecutorial immunity and that — like Rep. Laura Richardson and other alleged law-breaking federal officials — these two should pay for their own defense. The on-the-payroll county counsel started working on the Cooley/Lacey defense, but then passed it off to the big time downtown law firm of Jones Day, which is expected to earn big time fees for representing these two miscreants. So, at a time when government coffers are supposed to be at an all-time low, we taxpayers must pay for the settlements and/or awards to five plaintiffs, the salary of the county counsel and the fees for Jones Day — all because Cooley didn’t want his deputies to form a union.

You know what else Cooley did? He did what he always does: He manipulated the justice system to meet his own ends. He engineered a stipulation to dismiss Lacey from the lawsuit, leaving only himself to blame. Why did he do that? It’s obvious. He desperately wants Lacey to succeed him as D.A. and he wanted the taint of this suit removed from her while she’s running for his office. Ah-h-h, he’s so sweet. He’s so helpful to her. That’s why Lacey loves him so and why she says, “working for this man makes my heart glow.”

There is nothing Cooley won’t do to get Lacey elected, up to and including bad-mouthing his old friend and staunch supporter City Attorney Carmen Trutunich and calling in all of his Republican markers so Lacey can have plenty of money to run on. Well, it’s a long time until election day and this thing can get very ugly, particularly in the Black community where the effect of the current Cooley/Lacey regime in the D.A.’s office has been onerous.


Steve Ipsen Announces and Celebrates with the Association of Deputy District Attorney’s in Their Agency Shop Victory via Facebook

August 18, 2011

After a 10 year battle, Steve Ipsen and the ADDA can finally celebrate in their hard earned victory. First certification, then affiliation with AFSCME and now passing Agency Shop.

Winning a 5:1 vote – the Association of Deputy District Attorney’s affiliated with AFSCME.  Now in a vote of 3:2 by all Deputy District Attorneys, union and non-union members, Agency Shop Passes.  All deputy district attorneys will pay their fair share and have representation and a voice in their future.

Just announced on his campaign Facebook page Steve Ipsen says, “I am pleased to announce that the Association of Deputy District Attorneys has won our Agency Shop election with a resounding 60% in favor: 302 to 204. As my friends and supporters know, for nearly a decade I have dedicated my efforts towards building the ADDA into a powerful organization looking out for prosecutors in the LA DA’s office, so that we can focus on prosecuting crime and protecting public safety. As the founder of the union, and 8 term president, I was proud when we became a union in 2008, joined in solidarity with AFSCME, the nations largest public employees union, in 2009, and affiliated with AFSCME AFL/CIO in 2010. Now with the agency shop election victory, we have achieved the final victory in becoming the organization prosecutors in Los Angeles deserve.”

Steve Ipsen founded the Association of Deputy District Attorney’s Union and was President of the ADDA for nearly a decade.  Succeeded by President Hyatt Seligman, the ADDA continues to win their battles against overwhelming forces by the County.