Published On: Fri, Jul 30th, 2021

Second LA Attorney Alleges Retaliation for Protesting Gascon Directive

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LOS ANGELES, Calif.—A second veteran prosecutor in as many days is suing Los Angeles County, alleging she has suffered a backlash by being transferred to a less prestigious job for complaining about directives set forth after the November election of District Attorney George Gascon. Deputy district attorney Lesley Klein Sonnenberg’s lawsuit was brought July 28, a day after a similar complaint was filed by deputy district attorney Shawn Randolph. Both Los Angeles Superior Court suits seek unspecified damages. A spokesperson for the District Attorney’s Office said after the Randolph filing that the agency could not comment on pending litigation. At the time of Gascon’s election, Sonnenberg was the assistant head prosecutor in charge of the District Attorney’s Office’s Family Violence Division, according to her suit. After Gascon was sworn into office on Dec. 7, he released a directives requiring prosecutors in the Family Violence Division to stop filing sentencing enhancement …

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