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D.A. Gets Financial Help From Oksana's Lawyer

3/3/2011 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley -- whose office will soon decide the fate of Oksana Grigorieva and Mel Gibson -- attended 2 fundraisers on his own behalf at the home of the lawyer who negotiated Oksana's $15 million settlement ... which is the core of the extortion investigation.

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TMZ has learned Eric George, a prominent Beverly Hills civil lawyer, hosted both campaign fundraisers last year, while the L.A. County Sheriff's Department was conducting its investigation. 

And documents reveal ... George contributed more than $8,000 to Cooley in 2010 ...  of that, George contributed $1,992 in August ... while the Sheriff's investigation of Oksana was going full bore ... we do know, however, George has had a long-standing friendship with Cooley and has made contributions to him in the past.

As TMZ first reported, George negotiated a $15 million package for Oksana during her mediation in May, 2010.  Law enforcement sources tell us ... Sheriff's investigators believe there's "strong evidence " that Oksana extorted Mel by threatening to release the explosive tapes unless she got the money.

TMZ broke the story that the D.A.'s office disagrees with Sheriff's investigators and has all but decided not to prosecute Oksana, but we're told Mel Gibson will be charged with misdemeanor domestic violence.

And we've learned ... Cooley has been involved -- holding a meeting in his office in December to review the case, though a D.A. spokesperson says no decisions were made during that meeting.
 
There is grousing among some people in law enforcement -- especially in the Sheriff's Department -- that Cooley should have completely removed himself from the decision-making process given the fundraisers and contributions from George.

George had no comment to TMZ, but a Sheriff's spokesperson has told us the only person under investigation in the extortion matter is Oksana.

Although sources tell us the die has already been cast, a D.A. spokesperson tells TMZ ... prosecutors will make a filing decision "very soon" and Cooley likely will not participate -- because he's about to go on a long-standing, out-of-town vacation for a week and a half.

The spokesperson would not say whether Cooley would make the filing decision if he's back in town when his deputies make their recommendation.


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Midwesterner    

Well, I guess someone was reading the other thread.

1145 days ago
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kali    

I missed it, what was said?

1145 days ago
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Fidel's niece    

So now we wait another 2 weeks.

It's all political...and corrupt.
Like "Chinatown".
Cooley has to pay back favors
to his campaign contributors.

Any other O$kanky's attorneys
involved in the Cooley's fundraisers?


***Team Mel***

1145 days ago
4.

Cthrew    

Yowsa! The other shoe finally drops. Son of a you-know-what. Look at the D.A,'s nose--look like a fair number of snifters have visited that real estate. Any charges now are completely suspect. Completely! Poor Mel.

1145 days ago
5.

kali    

This is outrageous!!

1145 days ago
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ohreally    

This is utterly REVOLTING... and I am sure it is going to come back and haunt this dreadful DA.

I am sure much more will be revealed, regarding OX and her corruption, AND the corruption in the DA's office, AND the corruption of all the 40 something lawyers. He will be infamous.

OF COURSE he waits until he is out of town!! This must have been what caused the delay.

Cooley! braaaawk, braaaawk!! BIG CHICKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!

1145 days ago
7.

Phil    

Poor, racist, bigot, hatred filled, violent Mel Gibson. So, nice you've got the Sheriffs in your back pocket, Mel.

1145 days ago
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Fidel's niece    

Kali,
on the previous thread
Cooley was discussed.

He is a DA in LA.
Who is connected to Cooley
from Ok$a camp .
..Ok$a not being charged...
just Mel...

***Team Mel***

1145 days ago
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Cthrew    

A vacation? Now? Grow some balls, you incompetent fool, and be accountable for your corrupt decisions! This whole process has been absolutely disgusting. The cops know the real deal.

1145 days ago
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Midwesterner    

Take a bow, KnightsLady. Your post from the “DA on the Verge” thread:

Either way the D.A. goes, the truth is going to surface. If he is trying to avoid opening a "giant can of worms", that will be exposed. If he is trying to protect lawyers, that too will come out. Dirty deeds have a way of being brought into the light. The D.A. has enemies too and I would wager to say some pretty powerful ones; most likley a few in LE. Sometimes the things we want to bury get dug up by the mangiest dogs.

One thing is for certain: this is not Blair Berk's first rodeo.

Posted at 12:33 PM on Mar 2, 2011 by KnightsLady


http://www.tmz.com/2011/02/28/mel-gibson-chraged-domestic-violence-district-attorney-oksana-grigorieva-not-charged-extortion-slap-hit-battery-misdemeanor-felony/88/#comments-anchor

1145 days ago
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kali    

Fidel's Niece, I just can't keep up with these threads anymore. Wish there was a search function :(

1145 days ago
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..EW..    

They keep peeking under the rug, and the dusty and dirty keep coming out...

TEAM MEL!

1145 days ago
13.

Fidel's niece    

Steve Cooley prosecuted
Winona Ryder for shoplifting
(charged her with 4 felony charges
and led a team of 8 prosecutors.)

For Cooley, shoplifting is a crime...
but extortion is NOT...


***Team Mel***

1145 days ago
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Lori    

Not for nothin'...but isn't MEL known to be a huge contributor to the Sheriffs Dept.? So it would stand to reason that BOTH of them have a conflict with LAW Enforcement.

I mean isn't that why they had MEL'S arresting officer omit FOUR PAGES of his report because it 'reflected badly" on MEL?

I'm no fan of the RUSSIAN WHORE...never have been, always thought he was an IDIOT for being with her...but you can't lay out one side and not the other...I WISH THEY WOULD BOTH EFF OFF and end this charade.

1145 days ago
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dimes    

I remember when he was running for CA Attorney General. He was so sure he had won that he declared victory an hour after the polls closed. He lost.

1145 days ago
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