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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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documented_as_puzzling    

anybody no the avereage price of any allegations in of that of a particular instance - seriously anybody -

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47.

observer77    

It's like Sweetheart's warning about le Cheval de Troie.....the average American is utterly, and blindly, trusting of what they're told by officialdom. The average American is of good, solid, moral stock. But do they know what favors are being paid off in order to let these criminals control civic policy - and in such a flagrantly illegal way?

You know, Mel Gibson is one of those good, honest people. Oh how I love the fact he admitted slapping OG. I hope his honesty and humanity will wash over and cleanse whatever filthy, stench laden influence that old hooker has over Lucia. He doesn't want her turning out like Bernie Ecclestone's two youngest daughters.

How is it possible, just tell me HOW it can be allowed that this DA did not either a) decline the contributions and the parties in his honor contributed by Eric George, or b) immediately recuse himself from these cases? Was he really making rulings on OG's conduct/requests when he attended those parties hosted by her lawyer??? It's a joke, right? It's beyond belief.

V - someone has got to report this. Something is very wrong with the system over there.

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48.

documented_as_puzzling    

screw dont bother everybody is criminal and will duly get what they are looking for regardless of liking it or not ----

1298 days ago
49.

Midwesterner    

Shall we call the tip line for the LA Times--or are they in Cooley's pocket?

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50.

Midwesterner    

Fuddy, wake up and get on your computer. You've got to read this.

1298 days ago
51.

observer77    

JLS - was that remark directed at moi? Because you'd be wrong, I very much can comment. You know nothing of my heritage.

1298 days ago
52.

Karls    

45.
"Show no fear in pursuing the criminal element,
but also be fearless in PURSUIT OF JUSTICE."

Steve Cooley's swearing-in ceremony speech in 2000.

FAIL!

***Team Mel***

Posted at 2:22 AM on Mar 3, 2011 by Fidel's niece


DOUBLE FAIL!

1298 days ago
53.

twilightmom    

Ruh Roh Rooley!! Lol
Wow...was somebody reading the previous thread yesterday or what?
Hi guys! Bye guys!
Tmom. {o:

1298 days ago
54.

Karls    

50.
Shall we call the tip line for the LA Times--or are they in Cooley's pocket?

Posted at 2:33 AM on Mar 3, 2011 by Midwesterner


I have started with all major media in Australia, ending in local newspapers..
This has gone from extortion and lies, to corruption!
I'm confident a journo will pick it up.. And get the exposure it needs World Wide

1298 days ago
55.

Midwesterner    

Now we need to figure out how those exchanges between Garbus and George fit in the larger picture. George seemed so confident, and so willing to talk with law enforcement. So what happened, really?

1298 days ago
56.

Midwesterner    

Another correction (for %56): Horowitz and George

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57.

shirleyholmes    

@ Midwestener

Maybe EG did not want the publicity?

1298 days ago
58.

shirleyholmes    

Another part from MONEY - Pink Floyd

Money, it's a crime
Share it fairly
But don't take a slice of my pie

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/p/pink+floyd/money_20108700.html

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59.

shirleyholmes    

Freedommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

1298 days ago
60.

champix_o    

Well, not so new 'news' to Team - Mel :)
Harvey, thanks for bringing it to the open and letting us know

* " Sheriff's spokesperson has told us the only person under investigation in the extortion matter is Oksana" __ does it mean that Cooley shouldn't worry about his friend EG and SHOULD charge Ox? ..

* " Cooley's long-standing, out-of-town vacation for a week and a half" __ so, we know what the delay is all about.
Is Cooley running out of town knowing that Ox WILL be charged and doesn't want his name associated with it? Like, ' I can't go the the party of the decade cos I will be out of town' hahaha

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I took a cursory look at District Attorney Cooley.

Here are some links:

http://www.metnews.com/articles/2010/cooley011410.htm

This is his son, Michael, 5th House Production:

http://vimeo.com/michaelcooley

During the ATTORNEY GENERAL ELECTION contributions:

http://www.electiontrack.com/lookup.php?committee=1323795

JOSEPH W COTCHETT BURLINGAME, CA 94010
ATTORNEY/JOSEPH W COTCHETT ATTORNEY AT LAW
$6500
DONATION:2010-10-26
REPORTED: 2011-01-31

NANCI NISHIMURA SAN MATEO, CA 94010
ATTORNEY/COTCHETT PITRE MCCARTHY
$6500
DONATION: 2010-10-26
REPORTED: 2011-01-31

PHYLLIS LEE BURLINGAME, CA 94010
OFFICE MANAGER/COTCHETT, PITRE & MCCARTHY
$478
DONATION: 2010-10-22
REPORTED: 2011-01-31

PETER W. ROSS LOS ANGELES, CA 90067
PARTNER/BROWNE WOODS GEORGE LLP
$1000
DONATION: 2010-09-14
REPORTED: 2011-01-31

MOTION PICTURES ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA PAC
SHERMAN OAKS, CA 91403
$1000
DONATION: 2010-09-01
REPORTED: 2011-01-31

JAMES A. BELUSHI WHITE PLAINS, NY 1060......1
ACTOR/WHITEHORSE PRODUCTIONS INC
$6325
DONATION: 2010-08-29
REPORTED: 2011-01-31
$6500
DONATION: 2010-04-19
REPORTED: 2010-11-01
JENNIFER BELUSHI LOS ANGELES, CA 90049
HOMEMAKER/N/A
$6325
DONATION: 2010-08-29
REPORTED: 2011-01-31

PARAMOUNT PICTURES CORPORATION LOS ANGELES, CA 90038
$2000
DONATION: 2010-08-20
REPORTED: 2011-01-31

ERIC GEORGE BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90210
ATTORNEY/BROWNE WOODS GEORGE
$1992
DONATION: 2010-08-19
REPORTED: 2011-01-31

Saw a 6500 from Ebay and it made me remember how Gloria Alred did that press conference with Republican's Governor candidate's maid.

Anyone else????

Posted at 7:32 AM on Mar 1, 2011 by V
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