Monday, October 3, 2011
National Prosecutor’s Group Honors Carmen Trutanich
By a MetNews Staff Writer
A national prosecutor’s organization has honored Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich with its Innovations in Criminal Justice Award during a three-day summit in Chicago which ended Friday.
The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, of which Trutanich is a board member, selected him for recognition based on the office’s use of injunctions as a means of controlling tagging crews, gangs and drug dealers, and establishing a “safety zone” in skid row, Trutanich’s office said in a release Thursday.
Trutanich was also lauded for his use of civil enforcement actions—including a lawsuit against Deutsche Bank for allowing hundreds of foreclosed properties to fall into disrepair and for facilitating the illegal eviction of hundreds of low-income tenants—and his efforts to force the removal of illegal billboards around the city.
Steven Jansen, the association’s vice president, was quoted in the release as praising Trutanich for having “brought bold ideas and pioneering solutions to some of Los Angeles’ most pressing issues.”
Trutanich remarked that “[t]here is no greater honor than to be recognized by your peers, especially by an outstanding group like the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys,” and pledged that he will “continue to seek bold new ways to address crime and other important issues impacting our city.”
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