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.

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Will the board of Supervisors ever pay up for Steve Cooley’s and Friends Union Busting?

January 26, 2012

Back in October Marc Debbaudt and the Association of Deputy District Attorneys were awarded $450,000 and $157,000 respectively in damages to pay for attorneys fees and compensation for harming the ADDA and Debbaudt’s  career when Steve Cooley settled those two portions of the federal law suit for union busting.  Cooley is represented by Jones Day and has racked up millions in dollars in attorneys fees at the expense of the tax payers.  Cooley  has refused to settle the portion of the law suit with regards to the former ADDA President Steve Ipsen and current ADDA President Hyatt Seligman.  Clearly the cases brought about by Debbeaut and the ADDA were so egregious that even Jones Day couldn’t defend Cooley’s shenanigans.  

The Board of Supervisors is said to have approved payment to the ADDA and union member Marc Debbeaut for damages. But, no one is exactly sure what happened in this closed session (aka. secret) meeting.

Inside sources reveal that the Board of Supervisors approved payment for the damages, but the ADDA and Marc Debbaudt have yet to receive payment.  The trial for Steve Ipsen and Hyatt Seligman was supposed to begin this month, but postponed until June.  If the Board of Supervisors were planning on delaying payment to see if Ipsen and Seligman won their trials, they could refuse to pay in the event Ipsen and Seligman lost.  That would send Debbaudt back to court.  Will the Board of Supervisors delay payment to the ADDA and Marc Debbaudt for six more months?  That has yet to be determined.


L.A. County settles part of suit alleging anti-union conduct

October 6, 2011
Steve Cooley’s Anti-Union Conduct
By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
October 5, 2011
 
Los Angeles County will pay $575,000 to settle part of a federal law suit claiming that Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley and his managers waged an anti-union campaign, according to a settlement agreement filed in court. The settlement, which must be approved by the Board of Supervisors, would pay $125,000 to the prosecutors’ union and $450,000 to Deputy Dist. Atty. Marc Debbaudt, who a county employment commission found was transferred in retaliation for his union activity. In addition, a preliminary federal injunction ordering Cooley and other county officials not to discipline or discriminate against prosecutors for belonging to the union would remain in effect for the rest of Cooley’s tenure as D.A. Cooley has announced he will retire next year at the end of his third term.Matthew Monforton, an attorney representing the Assn. of Deputy District Attorneys, hailed the settlement as a victory for the union and described Cooley’s conduct as “outrageous and illegal.”Earlier this year, the county’s Employee Relations Commission upheld the findings of a hearing officer who concluded that veteran prosecutors were transferred to less desirable assignments as a result of their union work. Debbaudt, who joined the office in 1986, was sent from handling adult felony cases in Pasadena to working on juvenile matters in Pomona and then Sylmar, assignments usually given to less experienced attorneys. The hearing officer found that Cooley gave explanations that “were false and clearly pretexts” for conducting a “deliberate and thinly disguised campaign” aimed at destroying the union.Debbaudt and Cooley declined to comment on the settlement.Attorney Brian Hershman, a partner at the law firm Jones Day who represents the county, disputed the commission’s findings and said no prosecutors were retaliated against.He said the county settled the case to end what had become a distraction to the mission of the district attorney’s office. “We wanted to put that dispute behind us,” he said.Claims by two other prosecutors who are part of the lawsuit are scheduled for trial next month, Hershman said.

jack.leonard@latimes.com


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.