Spitzer Lied To The Court To Prevent Voters From Learning About Scandals Involving Racism, Sexual Harassment, Pay-To-Play Corruption, and Criminal Misconduct

ORANGE, CA – Today, attorneys for Pete Hardin filed documents with the Orange County Superior Court showing that Todd Spitzer lied to the court in a declaration signed under penalty of perjury. The documents were filed in opposition to Todd Spitzer’s challenge of Pete Hardin’s candidate statement. You can read Hardin’s response by clicking HERE, and Spitzer’s declaration HERE.

“Whether he’s lying to the court to cover up his racist remarks, violating the county’s abusive conduct policy, arresting someone at Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, or attempting to keep public information from the voters, Todd Spitzer doesn’t think the rules apply to him,” said former Marine Judge Advocate Pete Hardin. “Spitzer is too busy committing crimes to prosecute crimes, and Orange County is paying the price with murders reaching a 22-year high and hate crimes skyrocketing 1800%. We deserve a law-abiding District Attorney who’s only priority is keeping Orange County safe.”

This is the second time in just two months that Todd Spitzer has made untrue statements to the court. In late January, Todd Spitzer attempted to persuade the court not to release records detailing racist remarks made in an October 1, 2021 meeting to the defense. In so doing, Spitzer said, “The only subsequent decision that I made after October 1, 2021 was that I would be seeking LWOP in this matter and not death.” However, emails show this was not true, with Spitzer emailing on October 28, 2021 that, “I have made the decision to seek DP.”


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.