Monday, March 06, 2006

D.A. Cooley On Public Crime & Corruption: Internet Video

Los Angeles CA. In a ten mintue Internet Video preview of the Full Disclosure interview County District Attorney Steve Cooley talked about the progress of his office of public integrity and observed that "Los Angeles has a long history of corruption" and that because his office is doing a good job of prosecuting corruption, it gives the appearance that there is plenty more yet to be addressed. This Internet video preview is available for viewing Free "On Demand" at the URL: as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network 24/7.

Steve Cooley defended his decision not to indict or to call a Grand Jury investigation on the Belmont Learning Center even though there were volumes of documented Reports fromt he Inspector General citing waste, fraud and abuse. He said there was no evidence of any crime and that former Special Assistant District Attorney Anthony Patchett and the LAUSD Inspector General had failed to name any names or ask for indictments. When asked if it was a crime for the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers to represent both the LAUSD and the Belmont Contractor/Developer, Cooley said that the LAUSD may have unwittingly signed a waiver, absolving the law firm of conflict of interest.

This two-part interview was videotaped in 2004 and was included, in part, in a special historical series entitled "Belmont the World's Most Expensive High School". Since 2003 Full Disclosure has interviewed all the key players involved in the planning, development, financing and investigations of the Belmont Learning Center.

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