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    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The California Attorney General race in the 2022 primary was particularly exciting for Sacramento residents, though, the outcome was not what some might have wanted as the current county District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced she’s bowing out of the race. Schubert stepped in front of a podium at her election party Tuesday night to announce to her supporters here that she will not be continuing on in the race. She focused her speech primarily on crime and law enforcement expressing her hope for California’s future that it is tough on crime. READ MORE: CA Primary 2022: Bonta On Pace To Face GOP Challenger In California Attorney General Race‘The laws and the policies and the elected officials of this state must reflect that human toll of crime. And so for me, I ran this race for one reason: because it’s all I’ve ever done and because I love this state an I believe in accountability and public safety,” she said. “I have no regrets.” READ MORE: CA Primary 2022: San Francisco Recalls Liberal DA Chesa BoudinSchubert is...
    ALAMEDA COUNTY — Pamela Price and Terry Wiley are leading in the wide open, hotly contested race to succeed longtime District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and may be forced to run off against each other in November if early election results hold up. Meanwhile, the outcome in the race for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors seat long held by the late Wilma Chan also may be decided this fall, with early tallies from Tuesday’s primary election showing Rebecca Kaplan and Lena Tam leading the pack. Sheriff’s deputy Yesenia Sanchez was holding a lead against Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern, who is fending off his first serious contenders since the mid-1980s. If either Sanchez or the other contender, San Francisco police officer JoAnn Walker, ultimately ends up upsetting him, the winner would become the first woman to head the county sheriff’s department. To win outright in those races and avoid a runoff, a candidate must collect more than 50% of the vote. In her 12 years in office before deciding to retire O’Malley has been challenged only once, in 2018 by...
    MARTINEZ — Four years after Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton withstood a challenge from her political right, she appears to have another viable opponent who is running against the recent wave of progressive justice reformist DAs across California. Mary Knox, a longtime prosecutor and former senior deputy district attorney — until she was demoted by Becton — has been hitting the campaign trail hard, with regular appearances at farmer’s markets, rallies, and fundraising efforts sometimes tied with county Sheriff David Livingston, one of many law enforcement officials supporting Knox’s candidacy. Whereas other DA candidates in the Bay Area are vying to run as the most progressive candidate in their respective races, Knox is banking that outrage over high profile crimes — like a spate of televised retail thefts in Walnut Creek — will lend voter support to her promises to pursue tougher penalties and “work hand-in-hand” with local police. Becton — appointed in 2017 after a campaign fund embezzlement scandal saw the former county DA resign and plead no contest to felony perjury — has run on her record...
    The June primary will host the first competitive race for Santa Clara County District Attorney in 12 years, with incumbent Jeff Rosen facing challengers after running uncontested in his last two re-election bids. As Rosen, career public defender Sajid Khan and Daniel Chung, a prosecutor who recently worked under Rosen, move closer to election day, they have presented three distinct visions for the top law-enforcement position in the South Bay. Incumbent Jeff Rosen is running for Santa Clara County District Attorney in the June elections. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group Archive)  Jeff Rosen How he defines himself: Rosen was first elected in 2010 and is positioning himself as the only candidate with the established ability to lead the state’s second-largest district attorney’s office. He also touts himself as the only candidate who has worked with law enforcement in investigations, in contrast to his opponents, whom Rosen points out do not have meaningful experience trying cases. “The choice comes down to proven leadership of complex and important issues, and whether people want a balanced approach,” Rosen said in an interview....
    Four people want to become Alameda County’s top prosecutor, and with District Attorney Nancy O’Malley not running for the office she’s held since 2009, the June 7 race is wide open for them. The candidates are longtime civil rights attorney Pamela Price, former San Francisco prosecutor Seth Steward, Alameda County chief deputy district attorney Terry Wiley and Alameda County deputy district attorney Jimmie Wilson. By collecting more than 50% of the vote in the primary election, a candidate can win the seat outright. Otherwise, the two top vote getters will square off in the Nov. 8 general election. O’Malley, who served three terms as district attorney and  37 years total as a county prosecutor, faced only one challenger in 12 years — Price in 2018. For Price, “administering justice fairly” is the most important task of the District Attorney’s Office. But that hasn’t been the case, and it’s why she is running again, she said. “There is no more pressing, critical issue at this point than criminal justice reform,” Price said. Like some other reform-minded district attorney candidates across the...
    In his hometown of Los Angeles, Todd Spitzer’s conservatism would have made a political career difficult. After moving to Orange County, Spitzer thrived, winning every election he entered for more than two decades, from school board to county supervisor to state assembly to district attorney. Now, as he campaigns for a second term as O.C.'s top prosecutor, Spitzer finds himself in unfamiliar territory — more politically vulnerable than he has been in a long time. In part, the challenges for Spitzer are demographic. Orange County has evolved from its John Wayne-style law and order roots to a place that twice voted against Donald Trump and is majority Latino and Asian. Spitzer, a Republican, is also limping from self-inflicted wounds after racist comments he made surfaced last month, along with a video of him saying the N-word while quoting a hate crime defendant. All of this could strengthen the chances of his opponents, Peter Hardin, Mike Jacobs and Bryan Chehock, in the June primary. Hardin, a Marine Corp. veteran and Democrat, is attacking Spitzer from the left, while...
    ORANGE COUNTY (CBSLA) – Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer is under fire once again over controversial comments he made at an event nearly three years ago. Spitzer said he used the racial epithet, which negatively refers to African Americans, while quoting a white supremacist. The controversial comments came during a discussion about hate crimes at a 2019 event hosted by the Iranian American Bar Association. READ MORE: Skiers And Boarders Enjoy The Fresh Snow In Big BearVideo of the event was released by a media group that calls itself OC Watch. “…and says — there’s no kids here so I’m good I guess — hey, you [expletive], I’m going to drop your baby because [expletives] shouldn’t have babies,” Spitzer can be seen saying in the video. RELATED: Former OC Prosecutor Alleges DA Todd Spitzer Raised Race As Issue In Death Penalty Case A challenger in the district attorney’s race is calling on Spitzer to resign. The DA condemns what he called deceitful editing of the video into a shorter clip without giving context to the discussion, which went on...
    WESTMORELAND COUNTY (KDKA) — Election Day is just eight days away, and one race is getting some attention in Westmoreland County. District Attorney John Peck is getting his first serious challenge in years. READ MORE: Local Pharmacies Start Rolling Out COVID-19 Booster ShotsDemocrat Peck is a familiar figure in the courthouse, a seasoned prosecutor who has been the county’s district attorney since 1994. Last year, Peck got the death penalty for the convicted killer of New Kensington police officer Brian Shaw. (Photo Credit: KDKA) Republican Nicole Ziccarelli, 30 years younger than Peck, said she can bring new vitality to the office, something Peck says he hasn’t lost. “We want it to be as safe as it possibly can be for a better future in Westmoreland County. We need to aggressively fight the war on drugs that we are desperately losing right now. And’s it time we had a fresh perspective after 40 years. It’s time for a change, and it’s time for Nicole Ziccarelli,” Ziccarelli told KDKA political editor Jon Delano on Monday. “I have a passion for...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California election (all times local): 10:10 p.m. A progressive prosecutor promising major criminal justice reforms jumped out to an early lead in the bitter race to run the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon led two-term incumbent DA Jackie Lacey with 54% of more than 2.5 million votes counted Tuesday. The race is a test to see if residents are willing to reform criminal justice following months of protests over police brutality. Lacey is the first woman and Black person to hold the office, and Gascon was a longtime police officer. The winner will run the nation’s largest prosecutor’s office. 9:50 p.m. California voters were soundly rejecting a measure requiring a doctor or highly trained nurse at each of the state’s 600 dialysis clinics. Proposition 23 was the second measure seeking to regulate dialysis clinics that had been placed on the ballot in recent years by unions representing health care workers. It drew enormous spending. Supporters say a doctor is needed at clinics whenever the...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Incumbent Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey took part in a virtual debate Thursday night against George Gascón, the man attempting to unseat her, amid one the most closely watched Southern California races this November to decide will lead the nation’s largest local prosecutor’s office. “But now that he sees the job, he wants it, and he’ll say whatever he can to get it,” Lacey said. “Mrs. Lacey is out of touch with reality, and her rhetoric doesn’t match her actions,” Gascon responded. The 63-year-old Lacey is seeking her third term as L.A. County DA, a position she has held since December 2012. The 66-year-old Gascón, a retired Los Angeles police officer, has served as both police chief and district attorney for San Francisco. Both appointments were made by current California governor and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Both candidates started the debate accusing each of letting hate crime spike on their respective watches. “You’re actually safer from violent crime in L.A. County, if you look at crime per capita, than you are in...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) —  Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on Monday joined Mayor Eric Garcetti in endorsing George Gascón in the race for Los Angeles County district attorney. Ridley-Thomas tweeted the following message in support of the former LAPD officer and former San Francisco DA: “Our values and priorities are aligned when it comes to ending mass incarceration, investing in diversion, re-entry and real mental health solutions for the homeless. I urge you to support him too.” He is the only one of the five L.A. County supervisors who did not endorse Lacey in the March primary. A day earlier, Mayor Garcetti announced he was withdrawing his support of incumbent D.A. Jackie Lacey, who is running for her third term, and called Gascón “a leader who I have known and trusted for nearly twenty years who can meet this moment.” Garcetti said he is “proud to endorse” Gascón for the role, months after he initially gave his endorsement to Lacey before Gascón entered the race. The reversal of the mayor’s support for Lacey comes after protests against brutality and...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has pulled his endorsement for incumbent Jackie Lacey and is now endorsing challenger George Gascón in the race for L.A. County District Attorney.Garcetti had previously endorsed Lacey, but hinted this summer that he was re-evaluating his stance on the race."I am proud to endorse George Gascón for District Attorney. He knows how to promote public safety through partnerships with and beyond law enforcement," Garcetti said in a statement Sunday."George Gascón will help our county shift the burden from the criminal justice system and jails toward diversion, intervention, and re-entry programs that save money and save lives," the statement said.RELATED: ABC7 Presents the LA County District Attorney DebateEMBED More News Videos Marc Brown moderated as Jackie Lacey and George Gascón met in an hour-long debate on ABC7. In the wake of nationwide protests calling for criminal justice reforms after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, many officeholders have walked back their endorsements of Lacey.Gascón is a former San Francisco D.A. and Los Angeles police officer.Gascón has said he would abolish...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón pledges to reopen four deadly police shooting investigations that current Los Angeles County D.A. Jackie Lacey declined to prosecute. Among those include the killings of two unarmed people captured on video."They open up significant questions for me," said Gascón about the D.A.'s conclusions in light of available evidence.Among the cases is the 2013 killing of Ricardo Diaz Zeferino by Gardena police. Officers believed he and two other men were suspects of a bicycle theft. But Zeferino's brother was the victim. Zeferino was not armed. After dropping his hands against officers orders, he's shot while his hands are down, palms facing out.MORE: ABC7 Presents the LA County District Attorney Debate"You can see somebody whose hands are coming down and he's shot and killed -- I find it offensive," Gascón said.Gascón said he'd also reopen the investigation into Brendon Glenn's killing in Venice in 2015. For months, Katherine Mader, former LAPD inspector general and retired judge, and Je Long Jung, senior trial attorney under President Barack Obama's civil rights division of...
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