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November 13, 2018

DA-Elect Spitzer Announces Transition Leadership Team

 

ORANGE COUNTY – November 13 - D.A.-elect Todd Spitzer announced the leadership team that will assist him during his transition to Orange County District Attorney, tapping several advisors who will help select advisory committee members and other leadership as he prepares for his first term in office. Mr. Rackauckas has graciously granted senior executive staff permission to work with DA-Elect Spitzer and his transition team to ensure a smooth transition occurs for the incoming administration.

 

 

 


 

October 26, 2018

Rackauckas Shamed into Returning Contributions from Indicted Businessman but Hangs on to Convicted Felon Money

 

O.C. Watchdog Shirley Grindle, Ret. Attorney General Office’s Assistant Chief Jerry Hunter and Todd Spitzer Demand Rackauckas Return Donations From Convicted Felons

 

ORANGE COUNTY – October 26 – At a press conference yesterday, the Todd Spitzer for District Attorney campaign stood by O.C. watchdog Shirley Grindle and Jerry Hunter, retired assistant Chief with the California Attorney General's Office assigned to the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, who demanded Rackauckas return all campaign contributions he has taken from convicted criminals. Tony Rackauckas took thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from convicted and indicted felons and let one, who was apparently under investigation for hundreds of millions of dollars in worker’s compensation fraud, host a fundraiser for his re-elect campaign.

 

 

 


 

 

October 24, 2018

O.C. Watchdog Shirley Grindle, Ret. Attorney General Office's Assistant Chief Jerry Hunter and Todd Spitzer Demand Rackauckas Returns Dirty Money Donations From Convicted Felons and an Indicted Businessman Including Former Prosecutor Who Went to Prison

 

Tony Rackauckas took thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from convicted and indicted felons and let one, who was apparently under investigation for hundreds of millions of dollars in worker’s compensation fraud, host a fundraiser for his re-elect campaign. Rackauckas also took money from a former disgraced and convicted Rackauckas Deputy District Attorney who was convicted and disbarred for felony conduct while inside the District Attorney’s Office. Rackauckas is allowing his campaign contributors to completely disparage and call into serious question whether the District Attorney has compromised his law enforcement agency by embracing felons and those suspected of criminal activity and giving them access to his inner circles. It is unacceptable that the DA takes money from these convicted criminals and those accused of criminal behavior.

 

 

 


 

October 23, 2018

Spitzer Statement on Rackauckas' "Lazy Law" Practice as Court Rules to Unseal Search Warrant in Newport Beach Surgeon Case

 

Spitzer Blew The Whistle On Rackauckas’ Phony Delay Tactics And Demands Public Apology By Rackauckas For Defamatory Remarks Claiming Law Violation

 

ORANGE COUNTY – October 23 – Today, following the court ruling to unseal the search warrant in the case of People v. Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley, Todd Spitzer called for a public apology by Tony Rackauckas who wrongfully singled him out in a clear conflict of interest for referencing the search warrant on the home of the accused, Grant William Robicheaux. Todd Spitzer blew the whistle on Rackauckas’ phony delay tactics by staging the case before Election Day.

 

 

 


 

October 23, 2018

Rackauckas Protects Political Cronies by Failing to Charge Theft Suspet

 

Rackauckas Dismisses Theft Charges Against Political Candidate And Wife Of Fullerton Mayor In Order To Safeguard His Own Political Interests

 

ORANGE COUNTY – October 23 – Today, the Todd Spitzer for District Attorney campaign held a press conference exposing Tony Rackauckas for failing to charge theft suspect Paulette Marshall Chaffee, candidate for city council and wife of the Mayor of Fullerton, Doug Chaffee who is running for O.C. Supervisor. Surveillance footage points to the wife of Mayor Doug Chaffee stealing anti-Chaffee campaign signs paid for by businessman Tony Bushala. The case was referred by the Fullerton Police Department to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office to avoid any potential conflict of interest. Theft victim Bushala also sent the attached letter to Tony Rackauckas on October 9 requesting an investigation but has yet to hear a response.

 

 

 


 

October 19, 2018

UC Irvine Law Professor Supports Spitzer in Sealed Documents Debate

 

“You Can’t Put The Toothpaste Back In The Tube."

 

ORANGE COUNTY – October 19 – UC Irvine Law Professor Henry Weinstein gave a statement supporting Todd Spitzer who drew attention to a sealed search warrant, formerly public record, in the rape case of People v. Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley because Rackauckas sat on the case to stage a high-profile press stunt before Election Day.

 

 

 

 


October 18, 2018

Indicted Workers' Comp. Fraudster Hosts Rackauckas Fundriser as More Dirty Money Connections Unravel

 

Rackauckas Keeps Felons Close As Fourth Donor With Felony Charge Is Exposed

 

ORANGE COUNTY – October 18 – Today, The Todd Spitzer for District Attorney campaign revealed Tony Rackauckas took thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from criminal defendant Sam Solakyan who threw a fundraiser in support of his re-election. MRI Operator Sam Solakyan indicted by the federal government in a $248M workers’ comp fraud scheme gave $3,900 in contributions to Rackauckas’ 2018 re-elect campaign (his wife Suzanna Solakyan also gave a $3,900 donation) and hosted a Rackauckas fundraiser in October 2017 (event invitation and Rackauckas’ form 460s attached).

 

 

 


 

 

October 16, 2018

Rackaucakas Exploits Early Voting by Changing Date of Newport Beach Surgeon Arraignment by Two Weeks

 

Change Of Date Notice Comes One Day After Orange County Register Endorses Spitzer For DA Demanding New Leadership

 

Spitzer To Discuss Search Warrant Warning By Police Of “More Victims” And Why Case Prosecutor Has Been Replaced

 

ORANGE COUNTY – October 16 – After already waiting nine months from the execution of a search warrant on Newport Beach Surgeon Grant William Robicheaux to make an arrest, Rackauckas plans to announce new victims who came forward from his staged press conference on September 19th, in Superior Court on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

 

 

 

 


 

 

October 15, 2018

Spitzer Wins Coveted Orange County Register Endorsement

 

“Spitzer Best DA For All Of Orange County”

 

ORANGE COUNTY – October 15 – Todd Spitzer, candidate for District Attorney, won the endorsement from leading Orange County Newspaper, the Orange County Register, whose headline led with: “Spitzer Best DA for All of Orange County.” The sub-headline also speaks volumes: “It’s time for change in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.” The Editorial Board praised Spitzer’s commitment “to bring transparency, accountability and reform to the District Attorney’s office” and said, “[h]is promise to take reform seriously is an earnest one.”

 

 

 


 

 

October 12, 2018

Dominick Rivetti Retired Chief Investigator with the L.A. County District Attorney's Office Endorses Spitzer

 

Spitzer’s Vast Experience And Commitment To Public Safety Issues Earns Him Another Major Law Enforcement Endorsement

 

ORANGE COUNTY – October 12 – Todd Spitzer’s campaign is proud to announce the endorsement from Dominick Rivetti, retired chief of the Bureau of Investigations for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. A 45-year law enforcement veteran, Rivetti has also served as Chief of the San Fernando and Beverly Hills Police Departments. Rivetti is now the second Los Angeles County bureau chief to endorse Spitzer following retired Chief Steve Simonian.

 

 

 


 

October 9, 2018

Spitzer Scores Major Endorsement from Radio Talk Show Hosts John and Ken

 

ORANGE COUNTY – October 9 – Today, top U.S. radio talk show hosts at KFI AM 640, John and Ken, endorsed Todd Spitzer for Orange County District Attorney. This comes after Bill Handel announced his support, making this Spitzer’s second major endorsement from KFI radio. As the media distances themselves from the scandal-ridden, embattled incumbent, Todd Spitzer racks up all the major endorsements.

 

 

 


 

October 5, 2018

Senior O.C. Deputy D.A. Describes Rackauckas' Workplace Culture of Harassment in New Spitzer Ad

 

Senior Orange County Deputy D.A. Speaks Out Against The Pain Rackauckas Caused By Allowing A Workplace Culture Of Sexual Harassment To Thrive In His Office

 

ORANGE COUNTY – October 5 – Today, the Todd Spitzer for District Attorney campaign released a video advertisement condemning Rackauckas who turned a blind eye to an abusive workplace culture of sexual harassment described by senior Orange County Deputy District Attorney, Karen Schatzle.

 

 

 


 

 

October 4, 2018

Rackauckas Solicits Campaign Cash from OCDA Convicted Prosecutor Who Betrayed Office Under His Watch

 

Campaign Donor Was Known By Rackauckas As Convicted Felon For Leaking Confidential Information from Inside the DA’s Office In O.C. Drug Ring Tied to the Hell’s Angels

 

ORANGE COUNTY – October 4 – Today, the Todd Spitzer for District Attorney campaign revealed more contributions from convicted felons reflected by his attached campaign finance statements (Form 460).

 

 

 

 


 

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]

 

 

 


 

 

October 1, 2018

BREAKING: Todd Spitzer Exposes Tony Rackauckas For Miserable Record on Hate Crimes

 

New Transcript Shows Rackauckas’ Office Allowed Violent Bigot Tyson Mayfield to be Released with Slap on the Wrist, Mayfield Went on to Perpetrate More Violent Hate Crimes

 

Orange County, California – October 1 – A newly released official court transcript confirms that the current Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas’ failure to take hate crimes seriously endangers county residents’ lives.

 

 

 


 

 

September 28, 2018

Rackauckas Tries to Mislead Public on Campaign Finances

 

Rackauckas’ Campaign Is Drowned In Debt With Over 187k In Unpaid Bills And Only 80k Cash On Hand

 

ORANGE COUNTY – September 28 – Today, Tony Rackauckas attempted to mislead voters by claiming in an e-blast that his campaign surpassed the million-dollar mark when in fact he raised significantly less since the June 5th Primary Election. Rackauckas’ campaign is drowning in over $187k in outstanding debts and has only 80k cash on hand.

 

 

 


 

September 26, 2018

Lax Prosecutorial Discretion and Inaction by Rackauckas Leads to Three-Year Spike in Hate Crime

 

ORANGE COUNTY – September 26 – Tony Rackauckas' lax efforts to prosecute hate crime has led to a three-year soar in hate crime and race related incidents in Orange County according to a report released Tuesday by the Orange County Human Relations Commission. Disturbingly, Rackauckas has the lowest hate crime filing rate in Southern California because he waited until the height of election season before pursuing hate crime prosecutions more vigorously.

 

 

 


 

 

September 24, 2018

Veterans Back Todd Spitzer

 

 

Spitzer Wins Endorsement From Leading Veterans Group For His Unmatched Record on Veterans Issues

 

ORANGE COUNTY - September 24 - District Attorney candidate Todd Spitzer has won the endorsement from “Veterans, Republicans of Orange County,” (VetsROC). It is a Chapter of the California Republican Veterans Association (CRVA) formally recognized by the California Republican Party (CRP). Todd Spitzer knows the importance of caring for our veterans and secured Orange County’s first Veteran’s Village to house homeless veterans and their families.

 

 

 


 

 

September 21, 2018

Rackauckas Sat on Newport Beach Surgeon Rape Case in Order to Boost His Failing Campaign for Re-Election

 

 

D.A. Knew About Guns And Drugs And Cell Phone Video And Two Prior Sexual Assault Allegations In January 2018 Exposing More Potential Victims

 

ORANGE COUNTY – During a news conference on Tuesday, September 19, 2018 District Attorney Tony Rackauckas was asked why he sat on two known alleged rape by intoxication and/or drug cases, occurring in April and October of 2016. His response: his office did not know about the allegations until two weeks prior. That is patently false.

 

 

 


 

 

September 13, 2018

Firefighters Back Todd Spitzer for DA

 

 

Todd Spitzer Scores A Major Public Safety Endorsement For Always Supporting Fire And Working Hand in Glove To Ensure O.C. Is Safe From Fire Dangers.

 

ORANGE COUNTY - September 13 - The Todd Spitzer for District Attorney campaign announced the prestigious endorsement from the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association. When Orange County faced devastating wildfires, Todd Spitzer supported O.C. Fire and secured additional resources for our County. Todd will continue to be O.C. Fire's strongest advocate and understands that now, more than ever, our first responders and firefighters are required to do more with less. Todd Spitzer is the unmatched public safety leader in the race for District Attorney.

 

 

 

 


 

 

September 12, 2018

Rackauckas is a No-Show at Orange County's Public Safety Meetings as Rape Statistics Soar

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY – September 12 – Tony Rackauckas’ abysmal attendance record revealed he skipped crucial public safety meetings as crime soars in Orange County. As community leaders and members of law-enforcement came together for roundtable discussions to solve the increase in homelessness and rising crime in Orange County Tony Rackauckas was nowhere to be found. In 2017 and 2016, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has been absent from 100% of Orange County Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council (OCJJCC) meetings and attended only one monthly Orange County Community Corrections Partnership (OCCCP) meeting.

 

 

 


 

September 10, 2018

Vice Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors Shawn Nelson Endorses Todd Spitzer

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY – September 10 – Today the Todd Spitzer for District Attorney campaign released an endorsement statement from Vice Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Shawn Nelson. Spitzer and Nelson have worked closely together for years on the Board of Supervisors.

 

 

 

 


 

September 6, 2018

Mayor Teresa "Tita" Smith of Orange Endorses Todd Spitzer

 

 

Endorsements For Todd Spitzer Flood In As Spitzer Gains Major Bipartisan Support

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY – September 6 – The Todd Spitzer for District Attorney campaign announced the sought-after endorsement of Mayor Teresa "Tita" Smith, City of Orange. Mayor Smith joins a growing list of prominent Democrats endorsing Spitzer including former DA primary opponent and victims’ rights attorney Brett Murdock.

 

 

 

 


September 5, 2018

Spitzer Launches Seven-Figure Television Ad Campaign

 

 

First Ads Of Cycle Slam Tony Rackauckas On Sexual Harassment Scandals

 

ORANGE COUNTY – September 5 – The Todd Spitzer for District Attorney campaign has released the first television Ad campaign of the cycle. Two Ads will begin airing today both on cable and network stations throughout Orange County with over a million dollars behind them.

 

 

 

 


 

August 29, 2018

Prominent Business Leaders Endorse Todd Spitzer

 

 

President of Harbor Distributing Tom Reyes and Mission Inn Owners Duane and Kelly Roberts Endorse Spitzer

 

ORANGE COUNTY – August 29 – Todd Spitzer’s campaign is proud to announce the endorsements from successful business leaders: Duane and Kelly Roberts, owners of The Mission Inn, one of America’s most iconic hotels and Tom Reyes, President of Harbor Distributing selling “over 20 million cases of beer to over 5,600 accounts across 800 square miles.” Duane & Kelly Roberts have been leaders in preserving and strengthening California and National cultural and heritage treasures, including The Mission Inn hotel, which earned National Historic Landmark status in 1977.

 

 

 

 


August 27, 2018

Rackauckas Prosecutor Suspended by California State Bar Court for Cheating

 

 

Repeat “Systemic” Cheating and Arrogant Lack of Remorse Demand Rackauckas Replacement

 

The State Bar Court of California ordered an Orange County prosecutor suspended from the practice of law for conduct that “significantly undermines the public’s trust in the criminal justice system... and fell painfully below the standard of care... required of a prosecutor in any case.” The prosecutor repeatedly failed to turn over exculpatory evidence to the defense as required by the California Penal Code and the United States Constitution in a non “Snitch Scandal” case. The Court found her “grossly negligent.”

 

 

 


 

August 21, 2018

Botched Cases and Office Wide Scandals Catch up with Disgraced Rackauckas

 

 

Today, District Attorneys throughout the state with Golden State Killer cases dropped a bombshell. The cases will be consolidated and prosecuted in Sacramento, and not Orange County.

 

 

 


August 15, 2018

Spitzer Announces Priority to Eliminate Campaign Residency Fraud

 

With So Many Cities Heading Toward District Driven Elections, Spitzer Vows To Protect Integrity Of Elections

 

 

Orange County August 15 –Today, Orange County District Attorney candidate Todd Spitzer announced an additional policy priority to crack down on politicians who abuse the district voting laws by creating phony addresses in order to run for office.

 

 

 


 

August 10, 2018

Convicted Felons Fund Rackauckas Re-Elect Committee

 

Tony Rackauckas Must Return Dirty Money Revealed By Campaign Finance Statements

 

 

Orange County August 10th –Tony Rackauckas kept campaign cash from contributors convicted of felonies, reflected by his attached campaign finance statements (Form 460). Tony Rackauckas is surrounded by scandal while on his watch overall crime is up 23%, dangerous criminals have been set free or had their sentences reduced due to incompetence by the DA’s office, and families of crime victims are suing Rackauckas. Rackauckas must return the money he has taken from convicted felons before the people of Orange County lose all trust and confidence in their public agencies. The Spitzer for District Attorney campaign demands that Rackauckas immediately donate the money to a charity that benefits crime victims and their families.

 

 

 

 


August 1, 2018

Primary Opponent Brett Murdock Endorses Spitzer for DA

 

Murdock Supports Spitzer’s Commitment to Update the DA’s Antiquated and Failed Policies that Jeopardize Victims and their Families

 

 

 

Orange County August 1 –Today, former DA primary opponent and victims’ rights attorney Brett Murdock endorsed Todd Spitzer for Orange County District Attorney. Murdock earned 22.4% of the vote in June’s Primary Election. With Murdock’s votes and the share of vote Spitzer garnered in June that easily puts Spitzer in a winning position in November.

 

 

 

 


July 3, 2018

Todd Spitzer for DA Announces First Round of Summer Events and You're Invited

 

 

Dear Friends,

 

I want to thank you for the support you have extended to me for my campaign for District Attorney. I am running for this seat to protect families and the community. People don’t feel safe and I want to restore our justice system. The results of the primary election were clear, over 60% of voters voted against the incumbent. The voters are insisting on change and I am the right choice for the job. My opponent has been in the office for over 20 years and 20 years is long enough given the repeated failures by him and his office.

 

 

 


May 14, 2018

Spitzer Wins Coveted Hispanic 100 Endorsement

 

Todd Spitzer Will Ensure We Live In Safe, Thriving Communities So Our Children Can Pursue Their Dreams.

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY – May 14 – Todd Spitzer, candidate for Orange County District Attorney, officially received the endorsement from the Hispanic 100. The Hispanic 100 is an organization of business and community leaders established to promote leadership within the Hispanic community. One of the Hispanic 100's primary missions is to mentor the next generation of Hispanic youth.

 

 

 


 

May 7, 2018

Rackaukas has Public Meltdown at a Senior Citizen Forum When He Cannot Explain Why He Was Kicked Off Seal Beach Mass Murder Case

 

Tony Rackauckas Pounds Table, Clenches Fist and Rants During Embarrassing Explosion

 

ORANGE COUNTY – May 7 – Sunday, Tony Rackauckas’ unhinged meltdown at the Costa Del Sol Republican Club left the audience of senior citizens in shock. Rackauckas was grilled on the Dekraai case – a slam-dunk trial that he botched leaving victims’ relatives suffering through six years of delay. Repeatedly pressed on his failure as a prosecutor, Rackauckas in a moment of rage lost complete control and pounded the table.

 

 

 


 

May 1, 2018

Former O.C. Undersheriff Raul Ramos and Former O.C. Assistant Sheriff Rocky Hewitt Back Spitzer

 

Spitzer's Qualifications And Endorsements Make Him The Unmatched Public Safety Leader In The Race For DA.

 

ORANGE COUNTY – May 1 – Former reserve police officer and top prosecutor Todd Spitzer, the public safety expert in the race for District Attorney, scored endorsements from Raul Ramos, former Undersheriff of the Orange County Sheriff's Department and Dr. Rocky Hewitt, former Assistant Sheriff of the Orange County Sheriff's Department, adding to Spitzer's long list of law enforcement endorsers.

 

 

 


 

April 30, 2018

Todd Spitzer Endorse by Combat Veteran Robert O'Neill of the Elite Force Seal Team 6

 

O'Neill Knows That Spitzer Has What It Takes To Make The Streets of Orange County Safe Again As Both A Top Prosecutor And Reserve Police Officer

 

ORANGE COUNTY – April 30 – Todd Spitzer’s campaign for District Attorney unveiled the prestigious endorsement from Navy SEAL combat veteran Robert O’Neill, best known for the mission which led to the shooting of 9/11 mastermind, Osama bin Laden. O’Neill has been decorated more than 52 times with honors and has held leadership roles in over 400 combat missions. Today, O’Neill works to raise awareness and financial support for veterans, a commitment Todd Spitzer has shared as an Orange County Supervisor.

 

 

 


 

April 23, 2018

Rackauckas Kicked Off Anti-Corruption Task Force Because of his Corruption

 

Federal Authorities Threatened Rackauckas With ‘Obstruction of Justice’ Violations—FBI And IRS Refuse To Share Information

 

ORANGE COUNTY – April 23 – In a bombshell delivered by the L.A. Times this weekend, it was revealed that Tony Rackauckas was thrown off Orange County’s Corruption Task Force because of his corruption and untrustworthiness. In 2013, at a time when corruption was rife in Orange County, Rackauckas and federal authorities created the task force to expose corruption in local government. Untrusted by federal authorities and threatened by ‘Obstruction of Justice' violations, Rackauckas was kicked-off the task force four years after its inception shortly after the United States Department of Justice announced that it was launching an investigation into Tony Rackauckas' office for withholding evidence and unlawfully obtaining confessions! During the short lifetime of the anti-corruption task force, the District Attorney's Office has continued to be plagued with scandal surrounding Rackauckas' illegal use of jailhouse informants. Violent predators had charges dropped, convictions thrown out and were let back on our streets because of Rackauckas' ineptness and practice of "lazy law."

 

 

 


April 10, 2018

Spitzer Gains Over a Dozen New Endorsements from Former Elected Officials

 

Orange County – April 10 – Today, Todd Spitzer announced over twelve new endorsements from former local elected officials, capping an impressive list of influential supporters for the District Attorney’s race. Todd Spitzer will not accept endorsements from any current elected officials because he is beholden to no one except the people and the victims of Orange County. Spitzer has quickly gained the support of dozens of local officials who believe in his vision to clean up corruption in the DA’s office.

 

 

 


 

April 2, 2018

Tony Rackauckas' Camp Caught Tampering with Evidence Just as They do in the Courtroom

 

Orange County – April 2 – Tony Rackauckas’ camp was caught red handed tampering with evidence in a failed attempt to contest Todd Spitzer’s ballot statement. The night before the lawsuit was filed, a key witness manipulated the Wikipedia page for Marsy’s Law to remove Spitzer’s credit as a co-author. Spitzer’s name was deleted from the ‘Key Persons for Marsy’s Law’ page after that reference had been there unblemished for the last six years. Tony Rackauckas’ office has repeatedly tampered with evidence to win cases - illegally using informants and withholding evidence from the defense – which has delayed justice for victims and led to numerous high-profile cases being botched.

 

 

 


 

March 21, 2018

CRA Awards Todd Spitzer the Most Votes

 

Orange County – March 21 – Todd Spitzer for District Attorney received the most votes from the California Republican Assembly (CRA) at Saturday’s endorsing convention in Orange County. Todd Spitzer vastly out-performed his opponent, winning 27 votes compared to Tony Rackauckas’ 19.

 

 

 


March 20, 2018

Prominent Republican Women Endorse Todd Spitzer

 

Orange County – March 20 – Today, the Todd Spitzer for District Attorney 2018 campaign unveiled the endorsements from four prominent Orange County leaders of Republican Women Federated:

 

 

 


 

March 13, 2018

Salacious Accusations by Rackauckas of Bias in Dekraai Case

 

On Record For The First Time, Rackauckas Slams O.C. Justice System Accusing Judge of Bias In The Case of Orange County’s Worst Mass Murder

 

Orange County – March 13 – In bewildering statements by the District Attorney – the first time on record since the sentencing of Orange County’s worst mass murderer, Scott Dekraai, – Tony Rackauckas slams the Orange County Justice System accusing veteran Judge Goethals of bias. The statements were filmed on Saturday, March 10 at The California Impact Republican’s endorsing convention.

 

 

 


 

February 14, 2018

Spitzer Campaign Ad "Tricky Tony" Condemns Rackauckas for Mailergate Scandal

 

Ad Reveals Unseen Footage of Rackauckas Campaigning At A Taxpayer-funded Event.

 

Orange County – February 14 – The Todd Spitzer for District Attorney campaign revealed an advertisement entitled, “Tricky Tony”, which condemns failed District Attorney Tony Rackauckas for yet another scandal –this time for sending over 16,000 taxpayer-funded mailers that showcased his name for an alleged campaign stop in the height of election season. Todd Spitzer will take a tough, no-nonsense approach to ending public corruption as DA.

 

 

 


 

February 5, 2018

Early Release of Suspected Killer in Another Case Botched by Rackauckas

 

Orange County – February 5 – A man facing life imprisonment if found guilty of killing his 82-year old grandmother will be released after only three years in jail because the defendant claims snitches were used illegally under Rackauckas’ watch. At least eight high-profile murder and attempted murder cases have had penalties reduced and convictions thrown out meaning dangerous predators are back on our streets and public safety is at risk.

 

 

 

 


February 2, 2018

Spitzer Crushes Rackaukas with Million Dollar Fundraising Lead

 

Spitzer Out-raises Rackauckas By Every Measure This Quarter, Taking A Commanding Lead In The Race For District Attorney

 

Orange County – February 1 – The Todd Spitzer for District Attorney campaign leads the race for District Attorney with a massive spending advantage – to the tune of a MILLION DOLLARS -over his opponent Rackauckas according to new finance reports. Spitzer has outpaced Rackauckas on all fronts: Cash on hand, total fundraising haul and has out-raised Rackauckas by over $100,000 this quarter due to overwhelming support for his candidacy.

 

 

 

 


January 30, 2018

Numerous Influential Public Figures Endorse Todd Spitzer

 

A Dozen More Leaders From Across Orange County Announce Their Support

 

Orange County – January 30 – Today, Todd Spitzer for District Attorney announced numerous endorsements from public figures. The list includes many of Orange County’s most successful influencers who trust Spitzer’s leadership on public safety issues.

 

 

 

 


January 16, 2018

Spitzer Challenges Rackauckas to Four Debates

 

Orange County – January 16 – Today Todd Spitzer has challenged District Attorney Tony Rackauckas to debate him on live television in a series of four regional media-sponsored events.

 

 

 

 


January 10, 2018

Rackauckas Endorsed Judge Steiner Knowing he was Censured for Sexual Exploitation


Orange County – January 10 – In the last election cycle, Rackauckas endorsed Superior Court Judge Steiner who pled guilty to violating eleven counts of Judicial Canons by the Commission on Judicial Performance, which nearly caused his removal from the Bench.1 The first group of charges centered on his misconduct for having sex in his Courthouse Chambers with two different women who were his former Chapman Law students where Steiner had been an adjunct professor. One went on to be his law clerk/intern, and the other became a practicing attorney who appeared before him. The second group of charges focussed on Steiner’s use of undue influence in trying to secure employment for his clerk/intern with Rackauckas’ office. The last group of charges involved Steiner’s failure to disclose personal relationships and improperly referring cases in which he had a personal conflict with other judges without consulting the Presiding Judge as required by court procedure.

 

 

 

 


December 20, 2017

Rackauckas Allowed Workplace Sexual Harassment


OC Grand Jury Found A “Boys-Will-Be-Boys” Mentality Was Used To Trivialize Inappropriate Male Behavior

 

Orange County – December 20 – Rackauckas’ complacency and continued lack of oversight as a workplace leader led to an abusive culture of sexual misconduct at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. In 2015, an email complaint sent to county officials, including Rackauckas, warned of the predatory nature of Chief Investigator for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Craig Hunter, who allegedly “sexted” and solicited nude photographs while on duty from his county phone according to a complainant who is an attorney licensed in the state of California.

 

 

 

 


December 6, 2017

DA Violates Mary's Law and Suffers Reversal of Law Todd Spitzer Co-Wrote and Led for California


 

Orange County – December 6 – After a desperate attempt by DA Rackauckas to rectify another botched case, a judge ordered the re-sentencing of a drunk driver who only received the low term state prison sentence in a hit-and-run offense with serious injuries because of gross prosecutorial error. The misconduct occurred because of the lax training by District Attorney Tony Rackauckas who allowed his prosecutors to disregard the California Constitution that governs a victim’s rights during a prosecution.

 

 

 

 


November 13, 2017

Top U.S. Radio Talk Show Host Bill Handel Endorses Spitzer for District Attorney


 

Orange County – November 13 – National Radio Hall of Fame inductee, renowned radio talk show host at KFI AM 640 and founder of the Center for Surrogate Parenting, Bill Handel endorsed Todd Spitzer for Orange County District Attorney.

 

 

 

 


October 31, 2017

Major Victims’ Rights Group Endorses Todd Spitzer for DA


 

While Rackauckas Continues to Fail Victims, One of the Nation’s Top Victims’ Rights Foundation Endorses Victim Advocate Todd Spitzer

 

Orange County – October 31 – Today, Crime Victims United of California (CVUC) endorsed long time victims’ right advocate Todd Spitzer over 20-year incumbent District Attorney Rackauckas who has failed victims. While Rackauckas has let victims down in so many cases including the high-profile trial of Dekraai, Spitzer is the clear choice for crime victims due to his unwavering commitment to victims for more than 25 years.

 

 

 

 


October 26, 2017

SPITZER CAMPAIGN AD "LONG ENOUGH" CONDEMNS TONY RACKAUCKAS FOR DELAYING JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS


 

Victim’s Relative of County’s Worst Mass Shooting Speaks Out Against the Pain Tony Rackauckas Has Caused

 

Orange County – October 26 – The Todd Spitzer for District Attorney campaign unveiled a new gripping ad entitled, “Long Enough” which condemns failed District Attorney Tony Rackauckas for delaying justice, prolonging suffering for victims’ families and weakening public safety. Paul Wilson the husband of victim Christy Wilson killed by the county’s worst mass murderer, Scott Dekraai, narrates the video expressing his anguish at the pain caused by Rackauckas’ misconduct.

 

 

 

 


October 23, 2017

Q. HOW MUCH DOES TONY RACKAUCKAS' MISCONDUCT COST YOU?

 

 

A. OVER $10 MILLION DOLLARS AND RISING

 

The taxpayer tab for the illegal use of informants, wrongful convictions by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and audits investigating his misconduct is over $10 million dollars and growing.

 

Look at the case of the worst mass murderer in county history:

 

 

 

 


Dear Prosecutors, Investigators, and Staff of the Orange County District Attorney's Office,

 

It is time for tested and bold new leadership for the Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA). I believe that the only way to be successful is to be part of a great team. The incumbent District Attorney has served for almost twenty years. Under his leadership, the office has been mired in scandal after scandal that threatens the integrity of our justice system and you, the office's hardworking prosecutors, whose job and duty it is to go to court every day and answer,

 

 

 

 


Spitzer Campaign Unveils Ad Proving Safety is in "Jeopardy" Under Rackauckas
Spitzer Campaign Highlights That Oversight of Criminal Justice System Is Not A Game
October 12, 2017

 

Orange County – October 12 – The Todd Spitzer for District Attorney campaign unveiled a new campaign advertisement entitled, “Jeopardy” criticizing Tony Rackauckas for putting justice for victims and the public safety of Orange County residents in jeopardy because of his numerous failings as DA. Spitzer releases the latest ad as Rackauckas’ office continues to suffer from scandal after scandal.

 

 

 

 


Numerous Community and Business Leaders Support Todd Spitzer for DA
25 Leaders From Across Orange County Announce Their Support
October 5, 2017

 

Orange County – October 5 – A group of major business and community leaders endorsed Todd Spitzer for District Attorney. The list includes many of Orange County’s most successful businessmen and businesswomen, philanthropists and community leaders who see Spitzer as the candidate who can lead a reform agenda and guide the District Attorney’s office out of its current state marred by Tony Rackauckas’ corruption.

 

 

 

 


 

Todd Spitzer Gives Statement After Long Overdue Sentencing for Seal Beach Mass Murderer Scott Dekraai
September 22, 2017

 

 

Orange County – September 22 – Today Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals sentenced Salon Beach mass murderer Scott Dekraai to eight consecutive life terms without parole. Dekraai was spared the death penalty because of the misuse of jailhouse informants by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas who could not be trusted to give the defendant a fair trial.

 

Outside the courthouse long-time victims’ rights advocate, Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer made this statement:

 

“On October 12, 2011, eight people fell victim to the worst mass shooting in county history. After six years of delay justice is overdue in this case. For those who lost love ones, we are all relieved they will no longer face Dekraai in obligatory court appearances and can finally close this painful chapter.”

 

 

 

 



Spitzer Campaign Releases First Ad of the Cycle

 

“Victims’ Voice” Highlights Spitzer’s Priorities as DA and Features Numerous Victims and Law Enforcement Leaders

 

 

Orange County – September 19 – The Todd Spitzer for District Attorney campaign released a powerful video advertisement entitled, “Victims’ Voice” highlighting Spitzer’s deep commitment to caring for victims and their families. The video outlined why he is running for District Attorney. Spitzer has a long track record of service as a victims’ rights advocate and served as the statewide Campaign Chairman for Marsy’s Law. As an Orange County Prosecutor for nearly ten years and most recently a former Assistant District Attorney, Spitzer has secured convictions against hundreds of violent criminals. He has the experience, integrity, and compassion to stand up for victims and ensure they get the justice they deserve.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


Potential Candidate Professor Mario Mainero Will Not Run and Endorses Todd Spitzer

 

Mainero Joins Distinguished List of Advisors With More Than 100 Years of Prosecutorial Experience Both in the Courtroom and Training Prosecutors

 

 

I am proud to share with you the endorsement from Chapman University law professor Mario Mainero. Professor Mainero's endorsement quashes any thought of him running for the same seat.

 

 

"From my observation, and from having worked with him on a variety of matters, it is my judgment that Mr. Spitzer will not permit anyone to politically influence his decisions. He has shown support and respect to victims both for the tragedy of their loss and for their proper role in the prosecution of a case. I expect Mr. Spitzer to restore the integrity and professionalism to the District Attorney's office that it so badly deserves. I therefore unreservedly give him my endorsement."

 

 

 

 


 

 

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas Worst in State

August 9, 2017

 

Orange County –A study just released by Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project finds the public safety of Orange County left exposed under Rackauckas’ leadership, ranking the District Attorney as worst among all California counties for conviction reversals per capita. The report’s damning statistics continue to reveal Tony Rackauckas’ ineptitude as he is “ranked in the top five among all California counties for the total number of misconduct findings (3rd), the total number of reversals (2nd), and for the most misconduct findings per capita (5th)”. Under Rackauckas’ watch, murder and attempted murder cases have had penalties reduced and convictions thrown out meaning dangerous predators are back on our streets.

 

Orange County –A study just released by Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project finds the public safety of Orange County l...

 

 

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Spitzer Earns Backing From Law Enforcement Leaders

July 27, 2017

 

Orange County – July 27, 2017 — Today the Todd Spitzer for District Attorney campaign announced numerous endorsements from law enforcement leaders all over the County. Spitzer has won support from retired Police Chiefs and leading advocates among the law enforcement c...

 

 

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Spitzer Unviels Campaign Leadership

July 24, 2017

 

MAJOR CO-CHAIRS AND FINANCE CHAIRS ANNOUNCED FOR SPITZER'S 2018 OC DISTRICT ATTORNEY BID.

 

Orange County – July 24, 2017 — Today Supervisor Todd Spitzer unveiled his District Attorney Campaign Co-Chairs: Mike Harrah, Rosario Marin, Mario Rodriguez as well as finance Chai...

 


 

Victim Advocates Back Spitzer

July 18, 2017

 

OC DISTRICT ATTORNEY CANDIDATE TODD SPITZER WINS MAJOR SUPPORT FROM LEADING VICTIM RIGHTS ADVOCATES AND VICTIMS’ FAMILIES

 

While Rackauckas lets victims down, Spitzer is the clear choice for crime victims due to his unwavering commitment to victims for more than 25 year...

 

 


 

Spitzer Announces for DA

July 10, 2017

 

ORANGE COUNTY SUPERVISOR TODD SPITZER ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY PLEDGING TO RESTORE TRUST IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

 

Spitzer pledges to replace the “Rudderless Ship” in the District Attorney’s office, fight crime and serve as a champion for victims’ righ...

 

 

 

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Recent News

DA-Elect Spitzer Announces Transition Leadership Team

Rackauckas Shamed into Returning Contributions from Indicted Businessman but Hangs on to Convicted Felon Money

O.C. Watchdog Shirley Grindle, Ret. Attorney General Office's Assistant Chief Jerry Hunter and Todd Spitzer Demand Rackauckas Returns Dirty Money Donations From Convicted Felons and an Indicted Businessman Including Former Prosecutor Who Went to Prison

Spitzer Statement on Rackauckas' "Lazy Law" Practice as Court Rules to Unseal Search Warrant in Newport Beach Surgeon Case

Rackauckas Protects Political Cronies by Failing to Charge Theft Suspet

UC Irvine Law Professor Supports Spitzer in Sealed Documents Debate

Indicted Workers' Comp. Fraudster Hosts Rackauckas Fundriser as More Dirty Money Connections Unravel

Rackaucakas Exploits Early Voting by Changing Date of Newport Beach Surgeon Arraignment by Two Weeks

Spitzer Wins Coveted Orange County Register Endorsement

Dominick Rivetti Retired Chief Investigator with the L.A. County District Attorney's Office Endorses Spitzer

Spitzer Scores Major Endorsement from Radio Talk Show Hosts John and Ken

Senior O.C. Deputy D.A. Describes Rackauckas' Workplace Culture of Harassment in New Spitzer Ad

Rackauckas Solicits Campaign Cash from OCDA Convicted Prosecutor Who Betrayed Office Under His Watch

Rackauckas Caught with Abysmal Felony Conviction Rate of Only 62%

BREAKING: Todd Spitzer Exposes Tony Rackauckas For Miserable Record on Hate Crimes

Rackauckas Tries to Mislead Public on Campaign Finances

Lax Prosecutorial Discretion and Inaction by Rackauckas Leads to Three-Year Spike in Hate Crime

Veterans Back Todd Spitzer

Rackauckas Sat on Newport Beach Surgeon Rape Case in Order to Boost His Failing Campaign for Re-Election

Firefighters Back Todd Spitzer for DA

Rackauckas is a No-Show at Orange County's Public Safety Meetings as Rape Statistics Soar

Vice Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors Shawn Nelson Endorses Todd Spitzer

Mayor Teresa "Tita" Smith of Orange Endorses Todd Spitzer

Spitzer Launches Seven-Figure Television Ad Campaign

Prominent Business Leaders Endorse Todd Spitzer

Rackauckas Prosecutor Suspended by California State Bar Court for Cheating

Botched Cases and Office Wide Scandals Catch up with Disgraced Rackauckas

Spitzer Announces Priority to Eliminate Campaign Residency Fraud

Convicted Felons Fund Rackauckas Re-Elect Committee

Primary Opponent Brett Murdock Endorses Spitzer for DA

Todd Spitzer for DA Announces First Round of Summer Events and You're Invited

Spitzer Wins Coveted Hispanic 100 Endorsement


Rackaukas has Public Meltdown at a Senior Citizen Forum When He Cannot Explain Why He Was Kicked Off Seal Beach Mass Murder Case


Former O.C. Undersheriff Raul Ramos and Former O.C. Assistant Sheriff Rocky Hewitt Back Spitzer


Todd Spitzer Endorse by Combat Veteran Robert O'Neill of the Elite Force Seal Team 6


Rackauckas Kicked Off Anti-Corruption Task Force Because of his Corruption


Spitzer Gains Over a Dozen New Endorsements from Former Elected Officials


Tony Rackauckas' Camp Caught Tampering with Evidence Just as They do in the Courtroom


CRA Awards Todd Spitzer the Most Votes


Prominent Republican Women Endorse Todd Spitzer


Salacious Accusations by Rackauckas of Bias in Dekraai Case


Spitzer Campaign Ad "Tricky Tony" Condemns Rackauckas for Mailergate Scandal


Early Release of Suspected Killer in Another Case Botched by Rackauckas


Spitzer Crushes Rackaukas with Million Dollar Fundraising Lead


Numerous Influential Public Figures Endorse Todd Spitzer


Spitzer Challenges Rackauckas to Four Debates


Rackauckas Endorsed Judge Steiner Knowing he was Censured for Sexual Exploitation


Rackauckas Allowed Workplace Sexual Harassment


DA Violates Mary's Law and Suffers Reversal of Law Todd Spitzer Co-Wrote and Led for California


Top U.S. Radio Talk Show Host Bill Handel Endorses Spitzer for District Attorney


Major Victims’ Rights Group Endorses Todd Spitzer for DA


Spitzer Campaign Ad "Long Enough" Condemns Tony Rackauckas for Delaying Justice for Victims


Q. How Much Does Tony Rackauckas' Misconduct Cost You?


Dear Prosecutors, Investigators, and Staff of the Orange County District Attorney's Office


Spitzer Campaign Unveils Ad Proving Safety is in "Jeopardy" Under Rackauckas

 

Numerous Community and Business Leaders Support Todd Spitzer for DA

 

Todd Spitzer Gives Statement After Long Overdue Sentencing for Seal Beach Mass Murderer Scott Dekraai

 

Spitzer Campaign Releases First Ad of the Cycle

 

Potential Candidate Professor Mario Mainero Will Not Run and Endorses Todd Spitzer

 

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas Worst in State

 

Spitzer Earns Backing from Law Enforcement Leaders

 

Spitzer Unviels Campaign Leadership

Victim Advocates Back Spitzer


Spitzer Announces for DA

 

 

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