Saturday, January 15, 2011

Carmen The Clown Trutanich - The "Criminal Aspects" Bombshell.... Bombs

He had not been in office a week before Carmen 'the Clown' Trutanich started bellyaching about the costs of the Micheal Jackson memorial. The idea that his city should honor the memory of Michael Jackson, who unquestionably led a controversial life, but had directly and indirectly contributed millions, if not billions to the the city's music and entertainment industry, was seemingly disgusting to Trutanich.

So incensed was LA's new City Attorney, the so-called "People's Lawyer," that you can almost imagine him seething with anger, screaming "Honoring a child molesting pedophile drug adict! Not on my watch!" to his bewildered staff.

Nobody else in City Hall seemed to have any doubts that the memorial an appropriate if expensive civic event, but Trutanich could talk of little else, and did so publicly through a media always willing to get a sound bite from the equally willing new City Attorney.

As the days rolled by Trutanich apparently became increasingly convinced that some laws must have been broken to allow the memorial to take place at AEG's Downtown Los Angeles Staples Center and LA Live, and he made no secret that he was going to throw all the weight and might of his new Bureau of Investigations behind his suspicions.

On July 21, 2009, just three weeks into his tenure, Trutanich made it known that he was going to personally address the assembled councilmembers, and in a statement broadcast all over the world, Trutanich dropped the bombshell ...

Trutanich kept a solemn, stern face as he addressed the crowded City Hall Chamber with a carefully prepared statement:
"The City Attorney's Office Bureau of Investigations is continuing to actively review the events leading up to the events held at the Staples Center and at LA Live venues downtown. My investigators have already interviewed numerous witnesses and gathered significant evidence. We are still collecting information and developing a timeline of events and we are identifying the key players involved. To that extent I invite other, others to also come forward and to provide additional information and documents relating to this matter, by contacting our office."

Los Angeles City Attorney, Carmen The Clown Trutanich smiles as he drops
the bombshell - There are "criminal aspects" to the Michael Jackson memorial.
 Despite his calm staccato delivery, Trutanich couldn't suppress a wry smile and a look of glee as he paused for effect, and then said "Our investigation has taken an unanticipated turn that raises both civil and criminal aspects." 

You could have heard a pin drop as he delivered those words. The new sheriff in town had cracked the case in less than three weeks, and he had found "criminal aspects" to the Micheal Jackson memorial.

Although Trutanich never directly stated that AEG, the owners of the Staples Center and LA Live, were the prime suspects in his criminal and civil investigation, most people could not think of any other suspect.

It was a suspicion quickly confirmed when Trutanich stated that his investigators had been in contact with attorneys for AEG to request papers.

But that was all Trutanich was prepared to say, at least publicly. To add to the solemnity and seriousness of his investigation, Trutanich stated "Ethical considerations and the need to protect the integrity of the investigation prevent me from discussing anything related to the criminal investigation." In other words, this is so important, so serious, he can no longer talk about it. It must be a huge crime, a conspiracy of gigantic proportions, and the City Attorney has the evidence and will not "publicly discus any matters that could potentially jeopardize the effectiveness of our ongoing investigation."

And so, on July 21, 2009, Trutanich left little doubt that he had the dirt, the evidence, the proof he needed to criminally prosecute those who dared hold a "criminal aspect" memorial for Michael Jackson in "his City."

Despite the weight of evidence that Trutanich must have had as a result of unleashing the awesome might and investigative power of his Bureau of Investigations on AEG, and the interviews with "numerous witnesses"  and the gathering of "significant evidence" against those responsible for the memorial, nothing more was ever heard about Trutanich's "criminal aspects."

For almost a year, as the world waited for news, no case was ever filed, no arrests were ever made.

Not even a civil case, the one that Trutanich had said "... rest assured that before I file any lawsuit to recoup taxpayers costs, I will confer with you in closed session, to brief you and obtain your concurrence on any decision that is made."

It was almost a year later, on June 18, 2010 that the LA Times that dropped the next bombshell:
LA Times reports a 'deal's been done.' AEG will pay $1.3M of the
$5M or $6M that Trutanich said had been used for the memorial.
"Last year, AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke accused City Atty. Carmen Trutanich of demanding $6 million to pay for the cost of the event. Trutanich said he asked for $2 million to $3 million at the time." according to a report filed by David Zahniser at the LA Times.

There was no statement from Trutanich about what looked like a payoff. It seems incredulous that for a man sworn to uphold the laws of the State of Californina, to enforce the laws of the City, to guard the coffers of the City Treasury, who had a case so strong that he could publicly claim had "criminal aspects" could simply 'go away' without a public statement from the "People's Lawyer." It's not as if Trutanich is camera or media shy, so why no explanation? Where's all that "transparency' that Trutanich promised to bring? Gone in flash of cash?

Perhaps justice has a price when placed in the hands of the "People's Lawyer?" A token payment of less than one fifth of what  Trutanich claimed was expended with "criminal aspects" and the whole thing never happened. It stinks. If there was crime, there should have been a criminal case. If there was a civil wrong, then file a civil case. But there was no case filed either criminal or civil, and no comment from Trutanich, so who can blame the public for thinking something very, very wrong had happened?

Interestingly, around this time, Illinois Governor, Rod Blagojevich, was being castigated for an alleged attempted shakedown to sell President Obama's US Senate seat, yet not a word about Trutanich's apparently abandoned "Criminal Aspects" investigation?

One thing did surface on August 12, 2010, after the dust died down. Thanks to a degree of transparency provided by the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission; a report of an interesting  campaign contribution to Trutanich's Officeholder Committee.

Trutanich's Officeholder Committee received a non-monetary contribution
from AEG, according to a reported contribution on the City Ethics Commission website.
If there's anything one can be sure of regarding Trutanich's "criminal aspects" investigation, it is that Trutanich should not be allowed to become District Attorney, an ambition is widely believed to be next on the "People's Lawyer's" wish list.

Either Trutanich was grandstanding and had no case against AEG, or he abandoned a case with "both civil and criminal aspects" for a $1.3M payoff. Whichever it was, it looks like the worst kind of ethics, and Los Angelenos must demand more from their top cop.


Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Trutanich is so full of shit. this video will be his downfall and that disgusting video that his supporters put out after he defeated Jack Weiss will be re-edited and will also be his downfall.

What goes around ...

Anonymous said...

thanks to trutanich the city got $1M back and a nice $300k donation to the LAPD charity. I don't see a problem there. If trutanich hadn't said anything, the city wouldn't have got anything. you people are sick, lazy, typical civil servants who don't like the way trutanich is making you earn taxpayer money. I hope he fires you and then you'll be sorry. we need trutanich and a hundred more like him to get this city working again, and if he has to use a few tricks to get things done, then so much the better.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone seen the Green Hornet? I thought the Karate and the 3-D were nice.

Anonymous said...

this blogger seems bitter over nothing. Trutanich was the only city official to speak up over the wasted expenditures regarding the AEG event for Michael Jackson.

Ultimately he recouped several million dollars for the city in his first months in office.

When is the last time any L.A. City official recouped money back to the city. Usually they just find ways to waste city money.

This blogger has no credibility with it's victimized bias paranoia.

Anonymous said...

Ya think Trutanich is bad? Right now the only guy running for D.A. is a bufoon named Alan Jackson. His
campaign is run by a right wing
bigot by the name of John Thomas who hates all minorities, and Jackson's first endorsement came from the equally buffoonish and corrupt Dennis the Menace Zine.

Thomas supported that anti labor, and anti minority Meg Whitman. Thought she'd be able to buy her way into office.

I'm sure a Klu Klux Klan endorsement can't be too far off.

Anonymous said...

Whoever writes this blog "Chief Damn" is a coward. Why won't he or she use a real name? My guess is that it is written by someone in the City Attorney's Office who doesn't like the way Trutanich makes them work for OUR money. Yes, it's our money, we the tax payers of Los Angeles, and guess what - we like what Trutanich does, regardless of the tactics he uses to get the job done. The whole AEG Michael Jackson thing was a national disgrace - honoring a sick drug addict who played with little boys and used his money to escape justice. Trutanich was the only one to stand up to the powerful South Central Los Angeles community who wanted to honor another one of their worthless rap criminals. As DA Trutanich will continue to crush the false heros of minorities and bring to LA some degree of common sense where traditional christian family values are more important than pandering to urban terrorists in South Central and East LA. Trutanich knows how to deal with these people, and if he has to play dirty to get the job done, I don't care - screw them all.

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Anonymous said...

9:24, John Thomas also ran Trutanich's campaign, as he did Steve Cooley's - in fact that's how he got to the Clown, via Cooley, who gave him everything he's got. If it's TRU he's going to get dirty with Cooley to prove how tough he is - do a "Lie-wiki" on him, serves Cooley right for pushing the guy on us.

But it's not like Thomas is something new on the scene. And he's on every week giving Republican analysis to Kevin James' right wing rant show.

As for hiding after attracting negative international attention to L A and the LAPD on its handling of the Jackson memorial, this blog forgets to mention that in fact, the Clown DID mention Leiwike: praising him as one of L A's finest philanthropic citizens. Maybe those Lady Gaga tix weren't the only contributions he's hoping to get from AEG towards his failed run for DA.

Which insiders said was his and Cooley's plan from the start, the City Attorney job just to jump in and learn the ropes of politics. The funny's on Cooley there, now that he apparently has backed off from pushing the Clown for the job and may get all the insider dirt he gave him access to back at him.
Rocky will be laughing at the karma after they put the Clown on Rocky's staff for "special" duties and then surprise, between that and taking over his office, getting Rocky to mysteriously run such a low-key campaign no one even knew he was running.

As for the lame 8:49, yeah, it was so BIG of the Clown to get a few hundred thou thrown back at the police union whose rightwing $2,000/hr. Republican "political consultant" Don Novey persuaded them to throw a million at the Clown and throw their long-time supporter Weiss under the bus.

After the first thing out of his mouth was to throw LAPD under the bus - to spite Bratton, who hadn't endorsed HIM?

Anonymous said...

10:34PM - Do you need Dr. Drew's number?

Anonymous said...

Is 10:34 saying that the bigoted John Thomas was brought to us by Steve Cooley? No wonder Kamala Harris won.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Noooch - you've got the Political Pantloads award for 2010!