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)


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.


The Association of Deputy District Attorney’s Wins Affiliation with AFSCME – Steve Cooley, Jackie Lacey and Mario Trujillo under fire for “union busting”

June 22, 2011
Association of Deputy District Attorneys affiliates with AFSCME
Association of Deputy District Attorneys affiliates with AFSCME

Winning a 5:1 vote – the Association of Deputy District Attorney’s is now affiliated with AFSCME.  The elected District Attorney Steve Cooley and second in charge Jacquelyn “Jackie” Lacey can’t be happy with the overwhelming result given that they have a federal law suit against them.   

California Lawyer Magazine reported Deputy District Attorney Rob Dver’s testimony is at the heart of the federal law suit.  Rob Dver testified that Jackie Lacey and Steve Cooley violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution (Read Dver testimony).  Additionally, Jackie Lacey and Mario Trujillo are both running for District Attorney in 2012.  They are part of the management team that is charged with “union busting” in civil court.  Elected DA Steve Cooley is backing Jackie Lacey’s candidacy.  Both she and Mario Trujillo have stated they will exit the race if Steve Cooley decides to jump back in the race at the last-minute. 

Steve Ipsen founded the Association of Deputy District Attorneys and was President of the ADDA for nearly a decade.  The ADDA will now proceed with an agency shop election.

Steve Ipsen will challenge Jackie Lacey and Mario Trujillo in the Los Angeles District Attorney 2012 election.  Steve Ipsen has been outspoken about the anti-union actions of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s management team.  The trial is set to begin in September.


California Lawyer Magazine reports Jackie Lacey, Mario Trujillo and Steve Cooley are under scrutiny for UNION BUSTING!

June 3, 2011
Mario Trujillo, Steve Cooley and Jacquelyn Lacey "Jackie" are scrutinized in the California Lawyer Magazine as the facts are reported as UNION BUSTING!

Mario Trujillo, Steve Cooley and Jacquelyn Lacey "Jackie" are scrutinized in the California Lawyer Magazine as the facts are reported as UNION BUSTING!

California Lawyer Magazine’s June article features Mario Trujillo, Steve Cooley and Jacquelyn “Jackie” Lacey.  The California Lawyer reports their involvement in anti union relations as managers in the District Attorney’s office.
 
Mario Trujillo – Running for District Attorney in 2012, Trujillo is is currently a Head Deputy at the Bellflower branch with only 15 years of experience.
 
Steve Cooley – He is Los Angeles’s elected District Attorney who ran against Kamala Harris for Attorney General and lost with an overwhelming majority in his own LA County territory.
 
Jacquelyn “Jackie” Lacey – Lacey is also running for District Attorney in 2012 and was  just promoted to #2 in the office by Steve Cooley.  She was recently endorsed by Steve Cooley who is a Republican.  Many believe this is a false endorsement to give Alan Jackson (Cooley’s real choice and the Republican party’s true choice) a chance at becoming elected.  Minutes after Cooley’s endorsement, Cooley’s good friend, the Republican Board of Supervisor Michael Antonovich endorsed Alan Jackson.  It is no secret that Cooley isn’t favored in LA County after his recent loss to Kamala Harris where an overwhelming majority of LA County voters supported Harris.  The obvious answer is that an endorsement from Steve Cooley may actually hurt Lacey. If she can’t raise money using Cooley’s name, he can use this excuse to re-enter the race at the last-minute to prevent a year-long attack for 11 years of overcrowded jails and a bloated prison system.

These three prosecutors will have some questions to answer when they take the witness stand in September and the Jones Day attorney’s will likely have to go through many practice rounds of cross examination to prevent further mishaps while under oath. 

THREE STRIKES AGAINST THESE PROSECUTORS ALREADY

  1.  The HONORABLE Judge Otis D. Wright imposed an unprecedented federal injunction to stop Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley for union busting activities that he called “striking and rampant”.   He stated, “Plaintiffs have established a high likelihood of irreparable harm. Defendants’ far-reaching actions have pushed the union to the brink and, as Plaintiffs point out, “ADDA’s ability to recruit new members, and retain current ones, has been severely strained by the pressures from Defendants’ harassment and intimidation.” (Mot. at 21.) Indeed, given the fear instilled by Defendants, and the union hesitancy and defections resulting therefrom, it is very likely that ADDA will not even exist by the time this action concludes.” He then goes on to say “IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendants, their officers, agents, servants, employees or persons in active concert with any of them, are restrained and enjoined from discriminating or retaliating against members of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys on the basis of their membership in ADDA. This Order includes, but is not limited to, a prohibition of punitive transfers, demotions, discriminatory distribution of benefits and discipline on the basis of membership in the ADDA. Defendants are also enjoined and restrained from utilizing rates for medical or health benefit plans that are based upon a deputy district attorney’s representation by ADDA.” (Read full order here)
  2.  An Employee Relations Hearing Officer Thomas Kerrigan heard three months of testimony and stated, “This case is almost anachronistic in its nature with undisguised acts so bold that they are almost without parallel in recently reported cases, continuing acts committed to destroy a labor union and damage the careers of senior deputies.” (Read the full Employee Relations Commission’s Hearing Officer’s order here)
  3. A full Employee Relations Commission Board did a third review of the evidence and found Steve Cooley’s anti-unionanimus to be “outrageous”.

Jones Day is being paid millions of dollars by the tax payers to defend Trujillo’s, Cooley’s and Lacey’s anti-union behavior that has stretched out for over two years.  The three times reviewed evidence has been repeatedly condemned and the Jones Day lawyer stated, “If you really delve into it at all, it’s clear that the transfers had nothing to do with the union or union activities,” says Brian Hershman, a partner at Jones Day hired by Cooley to defend him.

We will hear testimony in September.