Online Petition Launched Against DA Investigator Involved In Courthouse Beating
Before the assault, James Crawford is thanked by client's parents after huge victory over prosecutors in murder case
Photo by R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly
An Irvine business attorney has launched an online petition drive urging the arrest of Dillon Alley, an Orange County district attorney investigator, for felony assault following the March 9 courthouse beating of a criminal defense lawyer tied to the region's ongoing jailhouse informant scandal.
In his petition, Andrew Levine called Alley's actions "cowardly" and "despicable" after leaving Santa Ana-based lawyer James Crawford with cuts, bruises and a fractured facial bone.
"[Alley] viciously attacked a criminal defense attorney in Orange County who was recently awarded a new trial for his client after exposing yet another instance of misconduct within the district attorney's office," Levine wrote. "[Crawford] was beaten savagely . . . This recent escalation into violence is part and parcel of a culture within prosecution circles, and particularly within the the Orange County district attorney's office, that mistreats and abuses criminal defendants as they assert their constitutional rights, and abuses and intimidates the legal professionals assisting defendants in their efforts."
He is asking California Attorney General Kamala Harris to arrest, prosecute and convict Alley, a former Gardena police officer, who, according to court records, was involved in a 1990s shooting that resulted in a financial settlement.
Tony Rackauckas' DA staffers claim they are cooperating with police investigators but are guided by secrecy demands contained in California's controversial, so-called police officer's bill of special rights.
Police union officials dispute Crawford's version of events while.
So far, Levine's petition has won the signatures of nearly 560 individuals in less than a day.
James Crawford shortly after the courthouse beating that has stunned OC's legal community
Photo courtesy of Jerry L. Steering