Tony Rackauckas

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    OC DA Drops Charges Against Saudi Princess Meshael Alayban In Slavery Case

    The last time we wrote about the bizarre case of Meshael Alayban, the Saudi Princess accused of enslaving her Kenyan housekeeper, we quoted Alayban's attorney, who claimed she was innocent, and that the facts would ultimately vindicate her. The attorney, Paul S. Meyer, Matt Coker reported on July ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Both Sides Ready to Debate Orange County's Pervs-in-Parks Ban Before Appeals Court

    When a panel of three Superior Court judges last month nullified the County of Orange's ordinance that bans registered sex offenders from county parks and recreational areas where children gather, the Orange County District Attorney's office responded it looked forward to, as the judges recommended, ... More >>

  • News

    November 29, 2012

    Tony Rackauckas and Larry Agran's Cash-Corruption Connection

    [Moxley Confidential] The Orange County DA owed the Irvine mayor's political machine $25,000, said no crime in the city

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    Tony Rackauckas Wants His Prosecutors To File More Public Corruption Cases

    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 awa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    New York Times Discovers Perverts are Banned From Many Orange County Parks

    The Old Gray Lady has confronted your friendly neighborhood park pervert.Chuting in from an international kerfuffle unknown, The New York Times has discovered the growing phenomenon of Orange County parks being declared off limits to convicted sex offenders.

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    OCDA Bigwig William Feccia To Retire

    ​Senior Assistant District Attorney Bill Feccia--one of the brainiest, longtime members of Tony Rackauckas' management team inside the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA)--is retiring this week.Except for the Todd Spitzer firing fiasco, it's the biggest OCDA personnel move since 2007, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2012

    Sheriff Sandra Hutchens & DA Tony Rackauckas Partying Today

    ​She's oil to his vinegar, but today--and perhaps only today--Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and District Attorney Tony Rackauckas are simultaneously partying over the same concept.That's right, folks. Orange County's top elected law enforcement duo are donning pointy paper caps, blowing horns and counti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Kelly Thomas Beating Video Shown to his Father but not Mother Due to Court Battle

    ​The lawyer for the mother of Kelly Thomas, the 37-year-old homeless man beaten to death by Fullerton police officers last July--told a judge today that District Attorney Tony Rackauckas is playing "inexplicable" games with his client's victim rights to access prosecution evidence.According t ... More >>

  • News

    February 10, 2012

    The Real Todd Spitzer Stands Up

    [Moxley Confidential] Orange County's potential next district attorney makes a surprising confession in his eternal war against DA Tony Rackauckas and GOP power couple Susan and Mike Schroeder

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Kelly Thomas' Mother Wins Court Order Forcing the District Attorney to Explain Secrecy

    Deputy DA turned defense lawyer Gurwitz​An Orange County Superior Court judge has ordered prosecutors to explain a decision to block Kelly Thomas' mother from her right to inspect law enforcement files about the gruesome Fullerton police killing of her son in July.Court records obtained by the Wee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Kelly Thomas' Mom Sues DA Tony Rackauckas For Secrecy in Fullerton Murder Case Against Cops

    Rackauckas​The mother of Kelly Thomas--the homeless man savagely killed by Fullerton police in July--is suing the lawman who is prosecuting two cops in the case. This week, Cathy Thomas filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court in hopes of forcing District Attorney Tony Rackauckas to re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    [UPDATE: One Officer Charged With Second-Degree Murder, Another with Manslaughter] Kelly Thomas Killing Announcement Draws Huge Media Crowd ... and Protesters

    DA T-Rack​UPDATE 11:00 a.m.: Gustavo here. Before the press conference even began, veteran attorney John Barnett (whom you'll remember helped to represent the Haidl gang) announce to reporters that his client, Fullerton Officer Manuel Ramos, had surrendered himself to face charges on second-degree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Kelly Thomas Killing Prompts DA Tony Rackauckas' Finest Moment

    R. Scott MoxleyDistrict Attorney Tony Rackauckas​At 11:04 a.m. today, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas entered a heavily guarded press conference, walked to the podium without fanfare and, in front of 13 television news cameras and dozens of reporters, made history.Rackauckas announ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    [UPDATED with Early RSM Nod:] Banning Pervs in Parks Sweeps OC

    ​UPDATE, JULY 29, 9:41 A.M.: The Rancho Santa Margarita City Council voted Wednesday night to move ahead with a ban on registered sex offenders in city parks that is similar to the county law enacted in April.The council agreed that banning only those who have preyed on children would leave kids v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Irvine Befuddled DA Tony Rackauckas on Perverts-in-the-Park Debate

    Larry, Sukhee & Beth: The water's safe!​Having lost his push to get a defiant Irvine City Council to adopt his proposed ordinance banning convicted sex offenders from public parks, a befuddled Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas left Tuesday night's session and immediately thought ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    [UPDATED with Enactment Cheered:] Westminster Jumps Aboard Bandwagon Banning Pervs in Parks

    Erin Runnion​UPDATE, MAY 27, 3:40 P.M.: An Orange County supervisor, the district attorney and perhaps the most famous mother of a local crime victim today applauded Westminster officially enacting a ban on registered sex offenders from city parks.Cheers from Supervisor Shawn Nelson and District A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    DA Tony Rackauckas Stumped By Gun Mystery

    Photo by Christopher VictorioDA: Can't play Russian Roulette anymore.​Every day crime mysteries are uncovered in the Orange County District Attorney's office. And every day some of those mysteries are officially solved by prosecutors in courtrooms. But there's one mystery that has stumped DA Tony ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    DA Todd Spitzer's Latest Flip-Flop

    Todd Spitzer​Five months ago, an angry Todd Spitzer took control of a public employees' local union hall in Santa Ana; called print, radio and television reporters to a press conference; and made a historic announcement. Spitzer--a former prosecutor, county supervisor and Republican stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    [UPDATED] 24 Civic and Faith Leaders Urge DA Tony Rackauckas to Drop Criminal Probe of Irvine 11

    ​UPDATE, FEB. 3, 10 A.M.: The Los Angeles Times this morning jumped on the "Free the Irvine 11" bandwagon by publishing an editorial under that headline. Criminal charges against the students "are not appropriate" and "would be overkill" and could result in "a punishment out of proportion to the ... More >>

  • News

    October 28, 2010

    Todd Spitzer Keeps Digging

    [Moxley Confidential] At a press conference meant to refute that of the DA who fired him, Spitzer ends up making his old boss' point for him

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Todd Spitzer Calls For Polygraph In Dispute With DA

    Tony Rackauckas Following Wednesday's heated, dueling press conferences between District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and Todd Spitzer, his recently fired understudy, OC Register columnist Frank Mickadeit accurately wrote today that the men provided opposite answers on at least three topics.Upshot, ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Tony Rackauckas & Todd Spitzer Declare Themselves 2014 Opponents for Orange County's Top Prosecutor Job

    Spitzer: Rackauckas has been "totally unethical."​Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and Todd Spitzer, the high-ranking prosecutor he fired in August, conducted dueling, in-depth press conferences today.After trying to groom Spitzer as his eventual replacement for 18 months, Rackaucka ... More >>

  • News

    September 9, 2010

    Will the Real Todd Spitzer Please Stand Up?

    [Moxley Confidential] The ex-prosecutor assumed he'd take over the DA's office but gets booted first

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    "Green" Company to Pay $15 Million for Polluting

    ​Safety-Kleen System Inc. is a national distributor of cleaning solvents. Their products have names like Ecopower motor oil, Icebreaker windshield washer fluid, Khameleon antifreeze and KleenMist II wastewater treatment. They say they are green, well, they better be made of it, because they owe $1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2010

    Excessive Force Controversy Continues To Annoy OC Deputy Union

    Deputies reject criticism​Sheriff's deputy union officials are privately continuing to lobby Tony Rackauckas in an effort to get the district attorney to flip-flop on his May 2009 assertion that several deputies gave untruthful testimony to protect another officer accused of twice usin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    Cop Union To Sue OC Prosecutor Tony Rackauckas

    Union Boss Quint Unhappy With Rackauckas​The union representing investigators in the district attorney's office, notified county officials this morning that it will file a lawsuit tomorrow in federal court to block District Attorney Tony Rackauckas' plan to implement a temporary layoff plan as a w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Is the OC Deputy Union Instigating Trouble in the DA's Office?

    Photo by Beth StirnamanMike MajorDeep within the bowels of Orange County law enforcement circles today, a secret ballot vote will be announced regarding the popularity of Mike Major, the acting chief of the district attorney's bureau of investigation since March. On the surface, the non-public conte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Jury in Civil Case Finds For DA Rackauckas

    Tony Rackauckas' first term in office as district attorney beginning in 1999 wasn't dissimilar to Bill Clinton's initial rocky months in the White House. Both men found themselves surrounded by unfriendly forces looking to capitalize on mistakes. And Rackauckas, a novice DA, provided plenty of fodde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    Sheriff & DA Skirmish Over Suspected Pedophile Deputy

    Under the leadership of Mike Carona—our N-word-tossing, fanny-slapping, vodka-slurping, money-hungry, FBI-indicted ex-sheriff—the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) sank into an ethical cesspool. It didn’t make a difference if a deputy was a hard-working public servant (and I know qui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2008

    District Attorney Seeks to Grab DNA Crime Lab from Sheriff

    While county supervisors struggle to pick a replacement for indicted ex-sheriff Mike Carona, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas is seeking to rob the Orange County Sheriff's Department of its nationally-recognized forensic DNA crime lab. According to a newly released county staff report for the upco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2008

    Tony Rackauckas Hunting Commies in Little Saigon?

    The Weekly never passes up on an opportunity to make fun of our favorite local lawman—favorite, now that Sheriff Mike Carona's out of the picture, that is—Tony Rackauckas. So when we saw this item on the fiesty and irreverent Bolsavik blog by ex-Nguoi Viet Daily News managing editor Hao-Nhien Vu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2008

    Jail Deputies Officially Off the Hook for Bloodiest Jail Murder in County History

    At a press conference this afternoon at the District Attorney's headquarters in Santa Ana, DA Tony Rackauckas announced that a nine-month grand jury investigation by his agency failed to uncover any evidence to charge any Orange County Sheriff's Department personnel for the most bloody murder in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2008

    DA to speak tomorrow on OC Jail Murder

    Late this afternoon, the District Attorney's press office notified reporters that Tony Rackauckas will publicly address the controversial John Chamberlain jail murder on Friday morning. Prosecutors and the grand jury investigated the killing, but the results have not yet been made public. Rackauckas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2007

    Rhyming Rackauckas!

    Who knew District Attorney Tony Rackauckas would resort to rhyme during an interview? But first let's gather 'round and hear Rackauckas on his R-rated Wild Kingdom, Orange County: "African dogs . . . not any individual dog would present much of a threat to a large beast (I presume civilized societ ... More >>

  • News

    November 2, 2006

    The Book of Judges

    WEB EXCLUSIVE! An incomplete guide to obscure races

  • Columns

    December 8, 2005
  • News

    February 17, 2005

    Murder He Wrote

    DA used a convicted murderer for a campaign photo opthen told state officials the man was still guilty

  • News

    September 30, 2004

    Conflicting Conflicts

    With Jaramillo case, Rackauckas able to shift conflict of interest allegations away from himself for a change

  • News

    November 13, 2003

    She Just Toots Tonys Horn

    DA defends his spokespersons promotion against charges of favoritism

  • News

    July 3, 2003

    The Tonys!

    The DAs enemies list? Its an honor!

  • News

    June 5, 2003

    Gag Order

    The war inside the DAs media department

  • News

    May 29, 2003

    Mr. Spineless, to You

    New suit, more questions ON DA, ARCO

  • News

    April 10, 2003

    Cronyism Maximized

    Once again, the LA Times gives Rackauckas a free pass

  • News

    April 3, 2003
  • News

    March 6, 2003

    Tonys New Suit

    Weekly sues DAs office over secret files

  • News

    January 2, 2003

    Spot the Gas Leak

    The year in Tony Rackauckas

  • Features

    December 26, 2002

    Toxic Politics

    District Attorney Tony Rackauckas weighed his own political future against the safety of Orange County's drinking water and decided to save his own skin

  • News

    December 26, 2002
  • News

    November 28, 2002

    Bada Bing!

    Attorney General auditing Orange County DAs questionable use of witness-protection funds

  • News

    July 25, 2002

    Watching the Detective

    Inside the office of Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas

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