Tony Rackauckas Wants His Prosecutors To File More Public Corruption Cases

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Who flipped Tony Rackauckas on his head?
Hold your hat!

Either Orange County flipped upside down in a cosmic miracle or a sudden gust of hurricane force wind tossed District Attorney Tony Rackauckas on his head and gave him amnesia.

Rackauckas first ran for the county's top prosecutor job in 1998 while promising to shift agency resources away from launching public corruption cases that had so delighted his predecessor, Mike Capizzi.

But the four-term DA is now asking the Orange County Board of Supervisors to give him an additional $1,117,425 annually to supplement his Special Prosecutions/Special Assignment staff with two senior deputy district attorneys, two investigators, one paralegal, one investigative assistant and one clerk.

According to a county agenda document for the board's Sept. 25 public hearing, the seven new posts will be part of a new Public Integrity Team "dedicated exclusively to address the growing number of complaints and investigations of crimes involving people holding public office."

Over the last several years, the DA officials claim they have witnessed an increase in the number of cases of possible criminal acts by elected officials in the county, including bribery, misuse of public resources, conflicts of interest, illegal secrecy, officer involved shootings, custodial deaths and campaign violations.

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What would Todd do?
"The citizens of Orange County have the right to expect their public officials will carry out their duties in a lawful, ethical and professional manner," the DA's staff wrote in support of the new government spending.

The proposal is a good one, if tardy. Rackauckas critics like public integrity activist Shirley Grindle have long complained that the DA was soft on public corruption. 

Rackauckas' move is also a likely small step compared to what future Supervisor and future DA (my apologies, of course, to Susan Kang SchroederTodd Spitzer will want deployed.

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Great Idea…Let’s make the old fox responsible for investigating his own chicken coop.


The new seven person Public Integrity Team will need to work overtime just investigating Tony Rackauckas, his department and his list of special friends (aka major donors).  


paullucas714 topcommenter

its about  time. Why are you aplogizing for Todd Spitzer though? I dont get the reference.

rscottmoxley topcommenter

@paullucas714 Apologize for Todd? Me? Hmmm. Nope...

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