Entries by jkonze

Prosecutors Rely On Facts And Evidence, Not Individual Biases In Making Charging Decisions

[Bobby Grace] A recent opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times bytwo Stanford law professors discussed a study they conducted that purportedly documents a lack of diversity among California prosecutors.  The op-ed created a great deal of discussion among career prosecutors in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The essential premise of the article […]

The destruction Chuck Reed wants to bring to California

This past month saw verdicts rendered on San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed.  The first verdict came from the City of San Jose, where after reeling from two years of real life consequences of Reed’s 2012 pension measure, the City’s Mayor announced a settlement with police and fire unions that eliminated the substantive changes Reed had enacted. […]

Sanctuaries from Justice

[Marc Debbaudt] The recent murder of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco has cast a harsh spotlight on “sanctuary cities,” a term given to communities that shelter illegal immigrants and where local law enforcement agencies are discouraged if not outright forbidden from cooperating with federal immigration authorities. The suspect in Steinle’s murder, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, is an illegal immigrant who had accumulated seven felony convictions and had been deported from the U.S. five times. He […]

ADDA participation in the political process

As we approach the elections of 2016, we would like to reiterate the reasons for the ADDA’s involvement in the political process and our criteria for involvement in various races and ballot initiatives. Through our ADDA Political Action Committee (PAC), we take a proactive role in representing the interests of nearly 1,000 deputy district attorneys in Los Angeles County that we represent. We […]

Board Meeting 5/19/15

Vice President Michele Hanisee, Treasurer James Evans, and Directors Eric Siddall, Craig Gold and Bobby Grace were present. Our Executive Director John Rees, Executive Assistant Juliana Konze, and General Counsel Richard Shinee were also present.  Executive Vice President John Harrold and Secretary Anthony Colannino both had excused absences. NEGOTIATIONS Our Contract Negotiation Team (CNT) continues […]

Board Meeting 4/21/15

DDA MICHAEL FERN DDA Michael Fern, currently assigned to the Auto Insurance Fraud Division [AIFD] was appointed to both the Legislative Committee and the Website Enhancement Committee and that appointment was ratified by the Board. Welcome and thanks, Michael, for joining and participating in an effort to improve the lives of your colleagues. Michael will […]

Board Meeting 2/17/15

The regularly scheduled Meeting of the ADDA Board of Directors occurred on Tuesday, 2/17/15. The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will occur on Monday, March 16th, 2015 commencing at 6:00 pm at the ADDA’s new offices located at 555 W. 5th Street, The Regus Business Center in the Gas Co. Building, on the 31st Floor, […]

Legislation Calling for Independent Police Prosecutor is Unnecessary

[Marc Debbaudt] California Assembly Bill 86, which was introduced this year, seeks to remove District Attorney Offices from reviewing police shootings and deciding if criminal charges should be issued. This bill reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of a prosecutor and the administration of justice.  It is bad public policy and, indeed, would undermine […]