October 2, 2018

Rackauckas Caught with Abysmal Felony Conviction Rate of Only 62%


Rackauckas Reduces His Own Charged Felonies To Misdemeanors 22% Of The Time; Loses Or Dismisses 15%


ORANGE COUNTY – October 2 – Public safety of Orange County is left exposed under Rackauckas who recklessly pursued a high conviction rate while withdrawing, reducing, and flat-out losing felony cases at rates much higher than his counterparts across the state of California and especially as compared to jurisdictions surrounding Orange County. Only 62% of O.C. felony cases from 2008 to 2016 resulted in felony convictions whereas Rackauckas’ counterparts had much better conviction rates. [1]



O.C. felony convictions are increasingly the result of plea bargains and 22% of eligible felony cases were downgraded to misdemeanors. [1] Despite his reliance on plea-bargaining, Rackauckas’ felony conviction rate is still below par. While Rackauckas begs criminals to take a lesser charge and lets dangerous criminals off with a “slap on the wrist” other counties convict as felonies.


With nearly 15% of his cases resulting in acquittals and dismissals, Rackauckas (preferring not to take hard cases to trial, like hate crimes) underperforms Riverside, San Diego, and San Bernardino counties. [1]


This is not the first time Rackauckas’ leadership failure has been exposed. In 2017, Harvard Law School issued a report ranking Rackauckas among the worst in California for prosecutorial misconduct and reversals. [2]


Chief Strategist for the Todd Spitzer campaign John Thomas said, “The public should be offended that Rackauckas is asking for four more years. His conviction rate wouldn’t even be a passing grade in high school let alone a score you could put your trust in to keep us safe.”


Todd Spitzer stated, “Rackauckas’s rotten record is a national disgrace. The public’s safety continues to suffer because Rackauckas is more concerned with keeping up appearances and cheating the people of Orange County by dangerously pursuing high conviction rates. We desperately need change because people deserve to feel safe and be able to depend on their prosecutors to secure justice and keep violent criminals behind bars.”


[1] Judicial Council of California, Court Statistics Report, Statewide Caseload Trends, FY2008 - FY2016:


Full Court Statistics Report:


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[2] Harvard Law School's Fair Punishment Project, The Recidivists: New Report on Rates of Prosecutorial Misconduct:




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