HARDIN CALLS FOR REVIEW OF DEPUTY DA & SPITZER BEST MAN GARY LOGALBO’S CASES AFTER RACIST REMARKS
OCDA will need to conduct a review of Logalbo’s cases to ensure his personal biases did not undermine the fair administration of justice
ORANGE – Today, following the filing of another lawsuit against the County in connection with the conduct of DA Spitzer’s best friend and best man, Gary Logalbo, candidate for DA and former Marine Judge Advocate Pete Hardin called on DA Spitzer to review the cases filed by his best friend due to the potential for bias stemming from Mr. Logalbo’s explicitly racist remarks. Hardin released the following statement:
“DA Spitzer looked the other way while his best man preyed upon young women and ethnic minorities,” said former Marine Judge Advocate Pete Hardin. “From sexual harassment to racist comments, I have lost count of the lawsuits swirling around the DA’s close confidant. Racism, discrimination, and sexual harassment have no place in our community, but their existence in a prosecutors office is particularly problematic as it taints the objectivity of the cases pursued. The role of the prosecutor is to seek justice, and that objective is compromised when a District Attorney harbors animus towards specific minority groups.
To ensure the fair administration of justice, particularly for cases filed against members of the Muslim community, it’s essential that a review of Mr. Logalbo’s cases is conducted immediately. Given this man’s dated views on women, the office should further review cases of sexual violence that fell under Logalbo’s purview.
“With the top law enforcement official proving himself incapable of holding predators in his own office accountable, it’s no surprise that crime, and hate crimes in particular, are up in our community. The Muslim community is a vital part of Orange County. It is shameful that DA Spitzer rolled over for his friend and enabled hateful anti-Muslim sentiments to flourish at the highest levels of the office. We deserve a District Attorney who will stand with our community rather than sheepishly cowering to racism and bigotry.”
Current Orange County District Attorney Republican Todd Spitzer’s tenure has been defined by scandal. Four women in Spitzer’s office have filed claims asserting Spitzer promoted an employee and close friend despite having been made aware of the sexual harassment complaints against him. Spitzer later allowed the employee, who was the best man at his wedding, to retire with top flight benefits. Spitzer also attempted to drop sexual assault charges against high-profile defendants, leading a judge to remove him from the case. Survivors of the sexual assault survivors were “dragged through the mud” and “grossly mistreated” by Spitzer for two and a half years, leading two of them to abandon their case.
Spitzer has been involved in an evidence booking scandal, a jailhouse informant scandal, and has defamed a victim of OC’s deadliest mass shooting as retaliation for peaceful protest. Spitzer has also defended a DNA collection program known informally as “Spit and Acquit” that coerces defendants to give up their DNA to law enforcement, a practice the ACLU has called “unconstitutional.“
Pete Hardin is a former Judge Advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, Deputy District Attorney, Special Assistant United States Attorney, and one of Southern California’s leading litigators running for Orange County District Attorney. Pete entered public service when, in 2005, he earned his commission as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. A combat veteran, Pete served in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012 as a member of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. Pete is a member of the Democratic Party.
Orange County’s rapidly changing electorate has led Democrats to now outnumber Republicans in Orange County holding a 4.1% voter registration advantage.