Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley today announced the arrest of 8 persons believed to be involved in an alleged $5.5M misappropriation of funds scandal. The 8 arrested are both current and former City of Bell officials.
Cooley, a candidate for California Attorney General in the November 2010 General Election, denied that the arrests were in any way connected to his political campaign.
In sharp contrast, and frankly bordering on the comedic, Cooley’s opponent in the November election, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, a liberal democrat, also made an announcement to the press; she was going to prosecute a couple of ‘street people’ for selling transfer tickets for San Francisco’s mass transit system. “This is not a victimless crime,” Harris said in a statement to the San Francisco Examiner.
Hopefully, Ms. Harris will have more success prosecuting fare dodgers than murderers. The San Francisco Weekly recently reported that Harris has the lowest conviction rate of any major California City – 55%, which stands in contrast to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s conviction rate of 93%.
With six weeks to election day, today’s announcements lends further support for the poll figures showing Steve Cooley to be the likely winner in the bid for Attorney General, and based on the contrasts in their attitudes toward law enforcement, it’s not really surprising; fare dodgers or five and a half million dollar fraudsters. Who do you want as Attorney General?