Bocanegra: legal technicality kept Richard Alarcon out of jail

The decision to dismiss a criminal case against Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon was based on a technicality, said his opponent in a state race.
The decision to dismiss a criminal case against Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon was based on a technicality, said his opponent in a state race. Frank Stoltze/KPCC

The decision to dismiss a criminal case against Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon was based on a technicality that is likely to be overturned, said his opponent in a state race.

Raul Bocanegra is running against Alarcon for the state Assembly’s 39th District. Earlier today, 18 felony counts of voter fraud, perjury, and filing false declarations of candidacy were dismissed. The councilman had been accused of living outside of his Los Angeles City Council district.

“Last year, the exact same judge dismissed perjury and fraud charges for a politician represented by the exact same defense attorney, only to have the dismissal overturned and the charges reinstated,” said Josh Pulliam, spokesman for the Bocanegra campaign.

“Clearly, the D.A. and grand jury believe Mr. Alarcon committed crimes, but the only thing we learned today is that a legal technicality prevented Alarcon from spending the night behind bars.”

District Attorney Steve Cooley called Judge Kathleen Kennedy’s decision to dismiss the case “inexplicable.”

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