'Political bullet' e-mail isn't enough for charges against former Jose Huizar campaign consultant, D.A. decides
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office declined to file charges Friday against Michael Trujillo, a campaign consultant who wrote an e-mail last week promising to put a "political bullet" in the forehead of City Council candidate Rudy Martinez.
Trujillo, 32, was working for incumbent Councilman Jose Huizar at the time he sent the e-mail. Martinez, who is running to unseat Huizar in the March 8 election, responded by filing a police report about the e-mail.
Trujillo promised in his e-mail that Huizar's campaign would unleash the "dogs of Satan" on Martinez. He also described Martinez as a "dead rat" who would be sent back to the "vile bag of tripe he emanated from."
Nevertheless, prosecutors who reviewed the e-mail said there was not enough evidence that Trujillo's words should be taken as a threat. "In addition, there is insufficient evidence that the e-mail communication authored by the suspect, under the circumstances in which it was made," was intended to be conveyed to the alleged victim," the D.A.'s report states.
Huizar and school board member Richard Vladovic, who is also running for reelection, fired Trujillo last week over the e-mail. Trujillo also has worked for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the lieutenant governor campaign of Councilwoman Janice Hahn and the public relations firm California Strategies.
-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall