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Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley takes a step toward running for state attorney general

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley took a significant step toward joining the race for California attorney general today, announcing he has formed an exploratory committee that allows him to raise money for the campaign.

Cooley, a Republican who has served as L.A.'s top prosecutor since 2000, is among the best-known candidates to make a move to replace Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown, who is expected to run for governor.

In a statement, Cooley, 62, said he had been urged to run by people in law enforcement and others and that he had "the experience and drive to be California's top law enforcement officer."

If Cooley does formally enter the race, he would likely face state Sen. Tom Harman of Huntington Beach for the Republican nomination. Among a crowded field of Democratic hopefuls are San Francisco Dist. Atty. Kamala Harris and former Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo, who has drawn criticism from Cooley in the past.

During his tenure in Los Angeles, Cooley has enjoyed support from both sides of the justice system. Police unions have applauded his public safety record.

And he won the backing of a broad group of defense lawyers who favor his approach to handling cases under the state's three-strikes law -- an issue over which he has clashed with other district attorneys.

While he has generally shunned the limelight, Cooley's public profile grew last year after his office sought the extradition of film director Roman Polanski from Europe to face sentencing in a three-decades-old sex crimes case.

-- Jack Leonard 

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Comments () | Archives (9)

Arrgh! Can the GOP find anyone that is 60 or younger?!?

He really is not a very good lawyer, political candidate - yes. He sure will not reel in any spending as attorney general and he rides the Republican ticket?? Hope he is pushed out - there are some superior people working under him that desire a shot.

Steve has been an exceptional District Attorney in Los Angeles County. He has past law enforcement background as a Los Angeles Police Reserve Officer for over 7 years. He is an excellent manager who does not jump to conclusions.

I wish him well in his next endeavor.

If the D.A is going to prosecute Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray for furnishing Propofol to Michael Jackson, then the D.A should also investigate Samantha Geimer's mother Susan Galley, who furnished her underage daughter twice to Roman Polanski in 1977, without any adult supervision.

Los Angeles would be better served to dismiss the Polanski case, and not use Polanski to promote their own political agenda and lust for fame like a bunch of blood sucking locusts, as this is only promoting the agony of the victim, who was pawned off by her mother, taken advantage of by Polanski, and now being re-victimized again by Los Angeles.

When is this going to end?

Steve Cooley is a Political opportunist, who has been on a crusade to overturn medical marijuana, against the will of the people, in order to line his future coffers with donation money from the Police/Guard Union who want to make sure Marijuana stays illegal; as marijuana laws are easy money welfare laws for the states police/guard officers. This is not the way our next state AG should behave.

Steve Cooley will not win, and he will be exposed for what he did to the will of the Los Angeles citizens. He was supposed to work for us, yet he put that aside to work for himself and his political aspirations for the last year and a half, cozying up with the Police and Guard Unions (who have exhausted the states funds with insane overtime rates) so he will be primed for their support come election time.

Sorry Steve, but we are all witness to your personal crusade the last year, and we don't forget.

I would like to give the utmost praise to Eric Bauman and the LA County Democratic Party Central Committee for their Frankenstein's Monster. He now has been fully charged with electricity and is readt to wreak havoc statewide on Democrats. Without your support he would have never achieved the history of being LA's only DA to be elected to 3 consecutive terms. A feat no Democrat has ever achieved although Democrats out register Republican 2-1 in LA County. I hope Eric and the group are so recognized for this success at the state convention next year. Eric it time to do the right thing and step down and let some else see if they can do a better job. Certainly they can do nothing worse! Pehaps Cooley's committee has a top position ready for you, you have definitely earned it!!

The corrupt LA DA's office needs to finally own up to their foolishness and ineptitude in regards to Roman Polanski's case (and many other) cases. The case was settled. The publicity-hungry judge was pressured and cajoled by a member of the DAs office to reject the settlement and impose a much harsher sentence. That former DA now claims he was lying about his conversations with the judge (uh, okay...). The case is tainted. It's over. All this is just more chest-thumping political theatrics. Why do we always have idiots for DAs in Los Angeles?

Mr Cooley, I don't think you are ready this job. Let people express themselves freely on Facebook, do not block the wall please.
Justicia for Michael Jackson

What is Steve Cooley willing to do to advance his career?

No he is not going to remove his clothing, but instead was Steve Cooley willing in 2009 to give the Swiss Government a false rendition of the facts in regards to Roman Polanski's sentence 32 years ago, so as to FRAUDULENTLY extradite Roman Polanski to California, with the reward being

Free World press for Cooley's political campaign to be California's next Attorney General.


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