FROM Steve Cooley
Will California Voters Speed the Pace of Executions? There are 746 inmates on death row in California, which hasn't conducted an execution since 2006. Yesterday, after 28 years on death row, Wilbur Lee Jennings died of natural causes . Today, a group of former politicians were the first to sign an initiative that would speed up the process . Three former Governors — Democrat Gray Davis, along with Republicans George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson — are on board along with LA County's former District Attorney Steve Cooley.
LA County Assessor Arrested LA County's elected Tax Assessor, John Noguez, did the perp-walk in handcuffs early this morning from his home in Huntington Park to a waiting patrol car. He's in custody with bail set at $1.3 million. Along with two co-defendants he faces 31 counts filed by District Attorney Steve Cooley. We hear from the DA and from Gene Maddaus who's following the story for the LA Weekly .
Can LA's District Attorney Dust Off the Death Penalty? LA District Attorney Steve Cooley is more than impatient about the death penalty in California. The population of death row is 725, and there's been no execution since 2006. Voters will be asked to repeal capital punishment in November, but Cooley wants executions right now. He's gone to yet another court asking that the one-drug procedure be implemented now.
District Attorney to Seek Indictments in Assessor Investigation LA County District Attorney Steve Cooley is looking for grand jury indictments against property appraisers and others in the office of County Assessor John Noguez. But he says the union representing those employees is interfering with the investigation.
DA Cooley Won't Seek Re-election Steve Cooley has been Los Angeles District Attorney for three terms, longer than anyone else in the past 70 years. His decision this week not to go for a fourth term has energized a crowd of candidates, almost all of whom said they would not run if Cooley sought re-election. Rick Orlov covers local government for the Daily News .
Non-Violent Felons to Move from State Prison to County Jail Tens of thousands of nonviolent felons will be serving time in county jails instead of state prisons. That's the law signed by Governor Brown last night. The catch is that, without the extended tax hikes he wants approved by the voters, there's no money to reimburse the counties for hundreds of millions of dollars in new expenses. Brown promises that the change won't happen until the money is there, but some law enforcement officers say it's still a bad idea.
Bell City Officials Arrested LA Sheriff's deputies today arrested eight current and former officials of the city that's become a poster child for municipal corruption. Mayor Oscar Hernandez's door was broken down. Former City Manager Robert Rizzo was taken from his home in handcuffs. The arrests were made pursuant to charges involving conflicts of interest and alleged misappropriation of $5.5 million in public funds. Steve Cooley is the Los Angeles District Attorney.
A Weaker Mayor Villaraigosa after Yesterday's Election? Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss ' political career is over, at least for the moment. He was crushed in yesterday's run-off for City Attorney by Carmen Trutanich , a previous unknown. After a very nasty, very expensive campaign, Trutanich won with 56 to 44% of the vote. We speak with Trutanich and others about what the election results means for the city and for Mayor Villaraigosa.
Propositions 5 and 6: Law and Order Proposition 5 on the November ballot, which deals with the criminal justice system, would allocate $460 million a year to improve and expand treatment programs for drug crimes and other offenses. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst says it would also save a one-time expenditure of $2.5 billion. Proponents call it the "Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act." Opponents call it the "Drug Dealers' Bill of Rights." Proposition 6 would allocate $965 million a year for law enforcement statewide, create many new crimes and increase penalties, many focused on gangs. Though it would not raise taxes, the non-partisan Legislative Analyst says the additional cost could include $500 million for increased prison construction.
Will Cooley File Charges Against the Archdiocese? LA’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese has promised to pay six hundred and sixty million dollars to the five-hundred and eight victims of sex abuse by priests. It’s the biggest such settlement in the country. In other jurisdictions, local prosecutors have filed criminal charges too. Yesterday on our program, one Los Angeles victim asked why LA District Attorney Steve Cooley hasn’t done the same thing.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.