May 2018
Volume 3, Issue 5
Dear Friends:
We are joining with other law offices this month to help put food on the tables of less fortunate members of our community.

In May, we will donate money and volunteer our time to the Food From The Bar campaign.
Spotlight: Justice System Integrity Division
“No one is above the law, especially those who are sworn to uphold it.”

That is the motto of the District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division (JSID), where 14 deputy district attorneys and nine investigators work to maintain public confidence in the criminal justice system.

“Failure by a public prosecutor to hold a person in the justice system responsible for his or her own criminal misconduct profoundly erodes public trust,” Head Deputy District Attorney Shannon Presby said.

Prosecutors assigned to the division are tasked with reviewing criminal allegations against judges, attorneys, law enforcement employees and other justice system professionals, such as court employees and probation officers. Last year, they reviewed 274 complaints.

JSID attorneys filed 18 criminal cases last year, involving sexual assault, possession of child pornography, obstruction of justice and conspiracy. They referred as many as 50 more cases to other units for prosecution because the alleged conduct was a misdemeanor or not related to the defendant’s job. As many as 25 additional cases were sent to city prosecutors for review.

In addition, a prosecutor and investigator from the division respond to the scene of about 90 officer-involved shootings throughout Los Angeles County each year to monitor the agency investigation and initiate the painstaking review process.

Based on the facts and the law, most officer-involved shootings do not result in the filing of criminal charges. To close a case, prosecutors must prepare a detailed public report explaining why the office declined to file charges. These reports may be found on the office’s website at .

The work of this division draws close scrutiny.

“Fortunately, our mandate is not to make people happy,” Presby said, “but to follow the facts of each individual case, wherever they lead, and make principled decisions.”
In Case You Missed It...
Watch District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s recent appearance on ABC7’s Eyewitness Newsmakers with Adrienne Alpert, pictured left.
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Listen to District Attorney Jackie Lacey in Governing magazine’s podcast, The 23 Percent, Conversations with Women in Government.
Fraud Alert
  Significant Cases
When someone calls claiming to have kidnapped a loved one, the first instinct may be to immediately send whatever ransom is demanded. But be careful – it could be a trick.

Read the Fraud Alert and watch the video here .
  • A Montebello woman was charged last October with running a fraudulent immigration service business. Since then, 49 additional victims have come forward. Read about the new allegations.

  • An Encino doctor who pleaded no contest to sexually abusing patients is going to jail and losing his medical license. Find out more about this case.

  • Fire victims were doubly affected when their public adjuster pocketed more than $1 million of their insurance money. Learn how much time the defendant will spend in prison.
Child Abuse Prevention Campaign
District Attorney Jackie Lacey, Sheriff Jim McDonnell and the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN) launched a public education campaign to highlight Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.

As part of the “No Hitters” campaign, a video featuring District Attorney Lacey and Sheriff McDonnell premiered at Dodger Stadium on April 23 for Child Abuse Awareness Night. You may view the video here .

District Attorney Lacey urged members of the public to report suspected child abuse to the Child Protection Hotline at

“The well-being of children in our community depends on each of us,” she said, “and, if ever we believe a child is at risk of physical, sexual and emotional abuse or neglect, it is our responsibility to alert authorities."

The campaign, which began on the heels of Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, also informed the public about child abuse through social media posts. Informational posts may be viewed on the office’s Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Did You Know...?
The District Attorney’s Animal Cruelty Prosecution Program is 10 years old. The program, the first of its kind in the United States, was initiated under District Attorney Steve Cooley to ensure that cases of animal cruelty, including dogfighting, cockfighting, and animal abuse and neglect, were prosecuted consistently throughout Los Angeles County.
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