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 way to help solve a $3.1 million budget shortfall.
After this story was published, Rackauckas sent me the following response to the union's claims:
I attempted to “meet and confer” with AOCDS leaders in good
faith on numerous occasions to come up with a reasonable solution to a
serious budget problem we are having in Orange County. AOCDS leaders would only agree to “meet” but refused to “confer” regarding
the proposed furlough plans. During these conversations, AOCDS leaders did not offer reasonable alternatives which would have resulted
in actual dollars to offset the budget gap attributable for their
members. The only solution they are actually leaving me is to fire the
most junior investigators. I don't wish to do this to my investigative
team as it would severely limit my ability to investigate and prosecute
cases, which is my constitutional duty. I believe that the union
contract and the law allows me to do temporary layoffs to make sure we
have enough personnel to uphold public safety in Orange County, avoid
permanent layoffs, and protect our employees.
–R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly
CNN-featured investigative reporter R. Scott Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; obtained one of the last exclusive prison interviews with Charles Manson disciple Susan Atkins; won inclusion in Jeffrey Toobin’s The Best American Crime Reporting for his coverage of a white supremacist’s senseless murder of a beloved Vietnamese refugee; launched multi-year probes that resulted in the FBI arrests and convictions of the top three ranking members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department; and gained praise from New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing entrenched Southern California law enforcement corruption.