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Board of Supervisors, Led by Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, Make Strides Towards Justice Reform
May 8, 2021
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell’s motion to create a plan for strengthening investments in the County’s justice system by ensuring Public Defender's have the budgeted resources and staffing capacity to sustainably address its case backlog as a result of COVID-19 and provide legal representation for lowincome residents, who rely heavily on indigent defense services. ... read more »
Trump Pardoned His Cellmate but Rufus Rochell Remains in Federal Prison
February 20, 2020
It's not a rags-to-riches Philadelphia-to-California story, like that of Will Smith's fictional television character. Rufus Rochell's story is the real-life account of how the crack epidemic of the 1980s is inextricably linked to today's cry for criminal justice reform. It's also the story of how the rich and powerful receive special privileges, while the poor and powerless can only dare to dream. ... read more »
Judge Denies Challenge to Rachel Rossi’s Ballot Designation as ‘Public Defender’ in Race for L.A. District Attorney
January 3, 2020
Tuesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff ruled that Rachel Rossi lawfully listed “Public Defender, Federal’ as her ballot designation in her campaign for Los Angeles County District Attorney.  Last week, Rossi was made aware by George Gascon’s campaign that they were leading a challenge to her ballot designation filed for the March 3rd Presidential Primary election. Gascon, the former San Francisco District Attorney, is also running for Los Angeles County District Attorney.  ... read more »
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