Metropolitan News-Enterprise: Blacknell Is Not to Become a Gascón Advisor; Trujillo Gets Post She Was Expected to Fill

The expected switch-over of Los Angeles Deputy Public Defender Tiffiny Townend Blacknell to the District Attorney’s Office as community relations director is not occurring, with Deputy District Attorney Mario Trujillo, instead assuming the role of “community and government affairs liaison.”

Blacknell, a member of the transition team of the new district attorney, George Gascón, stirred controversy in mid-December by sending a link to colleagues and private defense attorneys to an online form to be used in reporting deputy district attorneys who failed to accede to a special directive ordering that all sentencing enhancements be withdrawn. Trujillo, who has been the de facto Number Three man in the new administration, made a statement that the form was not posted with the office’s knowledge or approval.

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