OVER A DOZEN CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS CALL ON CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL TO INVESTIGATE TODD SPITZER

OVER A DOZEN CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS CALL ON CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL TO INVESTIGATE TODD SPITZER

The Organizations, Including the ACLU, National Action Network and the Peace and Justice Law Center, Have Requested a “Pattern and Practice Investigation” following Todd Spitzer’s racist remarks

ORANGE – Following Todd Spitzer’s racist remarks and a cover-up attempt that involved lying to a Superior Court Judge, over a dozen civil rights groups have signed onto a letter to California Attorney General Rob Bonta asking him to initiate a “Pattern or Practice Investigation” into the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. The letter states in part that “DA Spitzer made racist statements during a closed-door case strategy discussion with high-ranking prosecutors” and that “this controversy serves as just the latest confirmation of what has been apparent for years: the policies and practices of the OCDA are stained by systemic racism and bias that produce measurable harms against Black and brown people in Orange County.” You can read the letter in its entirety here.

 

“Todd Spitzer’s racist remarks are an affront to the constitution’s fundamental guarantee of equal justice under the law,” said Marine Judge Advocate Pete Hardin. “The racist remarks and his actions to conceal them demand a criminal and pattern and practices investigation.”

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Current Orange County District Attorney Republican Todd Spitzer’s tenure has been defined by scandal. Most recently, Spitzer made racist remarks when discussing whether or not to seek the death penalty against a Black man. 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.