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Monday, November 15, 2021


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No Decision Is Reached on Gascón’s Hiring Practices


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Still lingering is the question of whether Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón acted unlawfully in hiring three deputy public defenders who supported his campaign effort as prosecutors without them having passed a Civil Service exam.

A motion for a preliminary injunction, filed by the Association of Deputy District Attorneys {(“ADDA”), came before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff on Wednesday, but he held that action by him would be premature given that the issue is presently before the Civil Service Commission. “The issues pending before the commission are identical to those before this court,” he said. “There is no competent evidence before the court about what the commission might find after a hearing and what remedy it might issue.”

The judge set another hearing for Dec. 3.

ADDA is contesting the hiring of Deputy Public Defender Alisa Blair as a Grade III deputy district attorney and Tiffiny Blacknell and Shelan Joseph. Blacknell as Grade IV deputies.


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