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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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91.

KM    

IMO. interesting article...


Discord, complaints of intimidation under DA Cooley | California WatchAug 16, 2010 ... Kevin ScanlonSteve Cooley. After winning the Republican primary for ..... I guarantee that you will find he is more corrupt than half the ...


californiawatch.org/.../discord-complaints-intimidation-under-da-cooley- 3935 - Cached

1225 days ago
92.

fuddyduddy    

Well, I guess someone was reading the other thread.

Posted at 1:02 AM on Mar 3, 2011 by Midwesterner
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It sure seems to be that way.

Again, V was the one who brought this up and showed the campaign contributions. John urged people to speak up, and that's when I chimed in ang suggested contacting Harrite Ryan at the LA Times. This really is not right, and Cooley needs to pass this over to a grand jury.

1225 days ago
93.

Frieda    

PURE CORRUPTION! Mel didn't stand a chance with these dirt balls around. Eric George has been kissing azz to the guy because of Ox is charged so is Eric George and several other lawyers, including Gloria Allred!

Vacation my azz! The DA is pizzing himself (hopefully). There needs to be an investigation. The DA is supposed to represent the people -- 80% in polls believe Mel and we don't even have the scoop on Ox yet. When do we get to see that, Mr DA!?

Let the sunshine!

1225 days ago
94.

Tellthetruth59    

@Freida - I hope this means I finally get watch Bowling for Attorneys :-)

1225 days ago
95.

fuddyduddy    

V and John...

Here is the email address for Harriet Ryan at the LA Times. She is the one who wrote the great article recently about Mel and Oksana and their negotiations. I think SHE would be a good one to write to: harriet.ryan@latimes.com

Posted at 9:09 AM on Mar 1, 2011 by fuddyduddy

1225 days ago
96.

KM    

"However, from my own experience in recent weeks - and based on do***entary evidence in my possesion under lock-and-key - Mr. Cooley and his staff have consistently ignored State & Federal Statutes, engaged in intimidation tactics, attempted to extort monies from innocent ciizens, Violated Rights of Citizens, and participated in cover-ups and conspiracies with the ultimate aim of protecting their own selfish, dishonest, illegal interests."

http://ijulian.blogspot.com/2010/04/stev-cooleystaff-in-district-attorneys.html

1225 days ago
97.

kinm    

Make public all the evidence LASD found in the case, let the public judge whether crime is committed or not.

1225 days ago
98.

fuddyduddy    

John...have you thought of writing to the LA Times about the donations the DA has accepted from the very lawyers he is investigating? I think this is good information.

V...thank you for sharing your good research. Have you thought of writing to the LA Times?

Posted at 8:26 AM on Mar 1, 2011 by fuddyduddy

1225 days ago
99.

Tellthetruth59    

@Freida - I do think Harvey has been hinting that George would be in trouble if Ox is charged for a while and he's hinting at in this article. If the $15 million agreement was at the heart of the extortion investigation -- someone was sitting at the table "extortion table" with her.

1225 days ago
100.

fuddyduddy    

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

1225 days ago
101.

Frieda    

@ Tell
Yes, he sure was.

We had all considered this but to see such corruption in action is shocking.

1225 days ago
102.

Frieda    

@Tell ROFL Oh yea! TMZ should do a mix of that.

1225 days ago
103.

champix_o    

TTT, Re: "only Oksana is being investigated for extortion"
Posted at 3:41 AM on Mar 3, 2011 by champix_o
Posted at 4:01 AM on Mar 3, 2011 by Tellthetruth59
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TTT, Eric George ceased to represent Ox at some stage (when he realised that her new DV accusations could lead to extortion charges?) and in the fall was quite eager (because he could NOT avoid it /had no option? but was free to do so) to talk to investigators. Somehow I feel that EG and Sonia Lee could explain all to their benefit in ‘legal’ terms.

IMO. I think the pro – Oksana ROL article was just a WARNING! to EG from Ox & Co camp that they will make his journey to clear his name (as him not being involved in the extortion) very difficult!
Think of some sort of ‘public humiliation’ for Eric George!! The mad sticks after all _ DA Cooley understands that hence his reluctance in going ahead with Ox’s extortion case that may sully his past/present/future benefactor’s name .. Not to mention EG’s fees are still unpaid by Ox _ if Mel is charged but not Ox there is better likelihood of getting to that $1.5 Mil, right? :)

1225 days ago
104.

Sally    

Dirty, dirty, dirty for public officials. Now it explains why the courts are so bad in LA.

1225 days ago
105.

fuddyduddy    

Shouldn't the Justice Dept and FBI investigate the DA as to whether there is conflict of interest in this case.

If the DA is taking political contributions from lawyers and others that are in some way associated with this case, shouldn't the DA have excused himself.

If the DA asked for this case, shouldn't that be illegal if people on one side gave him money.

Of course if I give you money for something, I expect something in return. That is called capitalism, bartering.

The reason the DA has allowed this Mel/Oksana game to keep going is it gives the Lawyers money in their pocket. 42 lawyers and counting are getting paid.

If the DA acted to arrest oksana in the minute the RADAR tapes were released and charged oksana with extortion, the whole thing would have played out differently.

David Letterman told the police that he was being extorted, the man who was extorting him was using a lawyer as go between and asked for I think 2 million dollars not to make public things about Letterman's Love life.
How is this different than Mel Gibson, Mel did not pay, the tape was released, the cops were told about this extortion , the cops investigated and TOLD THE DA "this is extortion", but the DA has for 9 months DRAGGED HIS FEET to protect his "extortion lawyer friends" who tried to support his politician interests with money.

People, please, please follow the money trail. 42 lawyers, the DA who gets money from these type lawyers who support his re-election.

DA you corrupt Mother Focker (lol), I hope Justice Dept arrests you on corruption charges and a New DA takes your place that arrests Oksana and these extortion lawyers.

Once again, the Media is silent, and some of the people in rooms like this have to investigate this. From the beginning the Media was part of the extortion racket, by allowing Oskana's PR team to plant stories in the Media and calling it NEWS.

It was not TMZ who exposed this, it was us, and TMZ listened to us and THEN started to investigate what we were saying on this board and others like it.

Shame on the DA.
Shame on the MEDIA.
Shame on Judge Gordon.

Way to go, cops!
Way to go, people that have investigated into oksana's past and the way the extortion lawyers work using PR firms to inject themselves into Media to increase the extortion payout.


Posted at 8:04 AM on Mar 1, 2011 by john

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