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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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1291.

middleagedcrazy    

Fuddy, thanks for your posts - am a bit slow now reading posts, replaying, seeking links and doing what I am doing in the meantime :)
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Re Ox and her 'expenses' __ how on earth did she survive before she met Mel ?!?!?! hahahaha
Posted at 2:25 PM on Mar 5, 2011 by champix_o
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How much is she going to charge to see her last five years' tax returns?

Tee hee

1293 days ago
1292.

Curious    

Ok, here's the Kennedy blurb -

--The Russian enchantress who Mel Gibson is now linked with - and who had a child with Timothy Dalton - also left an impression on Ted Kennedy. A brunette concert pianist, Oksana Grigorieva met the senator in Washington during a fund-raiser for Bill Clinton. Just six weeks later, her parents in Russia attempted to get a visa to visit her and their new grandchild, but, a source tells us, "They were refused, because they said the father was Timothy Dalton - 007 - and the authorities thought they were trying to scam them." Grigorieva asked Kennedy for help and the visa was provided within days.--
http://articles.nydailynews.com/2009-04-26/gossip/17920582_1_tribeca-film-festival-lincoln-center-bill-clinton

Why does this read like something lifted from ROL?

1293 days ago
1293.

M. Gabriel    

ROFL!!!

1293 days ago
1294.

Majestik    

Why does this read like something lifted from ROL?

Posted at 4:12 PM on Mar 5, 2011 by Curious

Ummm, cause they referred to her as a "CONCERT PIANIST" Since when does lounge lizard equal a concert? Sheesh!!!!

1293 days ago
1295.

middleagedcrazy    

For chuckles and Curious, our Queen:

http://articles.nydailynews.com/2009-04-26/gossip/17920582_1_tribeca-film-festival-lincoln-center-bill-clinton

There was only one grandchild at the time this was posted (4-26-09) -- so was this to make the piano player important? After all, according to her IMDB biography she wore the Queen's dress and a dress for Princess Di.

Laughing and giggling and -- [snort]

Tee hee

1293 days ago
1296.

Majestik    

Okay, color me CONFUSED> I just pulled this up after a google search. If this man is such salt of the earth and a pillar of society, why did he blow off oxymoronic and send her over to Eric George?


Joseph Cotchett's Summary
Joseph Cotchett is one of the most respected lawyers in the modern American legal landscape, but he maintains a humble approach to law that places the issues well above paychecks. Cotchett defends anyone he feels needs defense, regardless of their background. From towering corporate behemoths to small organizational outcasts, Cotchett has represented them all, and his dedication and unbiased approach to big-time trial work is an inspiration to the law community.

For his undergraduate studies, Cotchett studied an unlikely major for a future famous trial lawyer: he received a B.S. in Engineering from San Luis Obispo. After graduating from Cal Poly in 1960..., with the honor of Outstanding Graduate under his belt, Cotchett changed the course of his career and studied law at the prestigious Hastings College of Law at the University of California, earning his J.D. in 1964.

Cotchett joined the army before furthering his law career, serving in the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps. Cotchett also became a Special Forces Paratrooper and JAG Corps Officer and retired from the active reserves in 1991; nevertheless, he still participates and supports the army. From 2001 to 2005, Cotchett served on the Army War College Foundation’s board of directors, which directly supports collegiate army education and graduate studies.

Cotchett is considered one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America—undoubtedly one of the most prominent trial lawyers in California’s history. Cotchett shares his knowledge with the national law community by lecturing at some of the country’s top law programs. Cotchett has lectured at Harvard Law School, University of Southern California, Georgetown Law Center, Stanford, Boalt, and his alma mater, U.C. Hastings. Cotchett’s favorite lecture topics focus on evidence, trial practice, and professional ethics; his lectures have helped countless young lawyers on the path to fulfilling law careers.

1293 days ago
1297.

Curious    

And there's this one -
http://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/66581

shows what a talented pianist she is.

1293 days ago
1298.

Curious    

Majestik -
Attorney Crotchett does class action litigation. Recently he's been trying get money back for Madoff victims. One on one litigation just ain't his thang. :)

1293 days ago
1299.

Curious    

MAC -
My glorious empress! Please forgive your most humble servant. That link to NE with Miss Oksana displaying her "skill" on the piano was meant for you. I was laughing so hard forgot to tag your name, lol.

1293 days ago
1300.

M. Gabriel    

Curious, you deserve a good spanking! I clicked on that horrendous video of skanky squealing, I mean singing. I couldn't handle but a few seconds of that torture!!! God Almighty, what was Mel thinking?

1293 days ago
1301.

Majestik    

Majestik -
Attorney Crotchett does class action litigation. Recently he's been trying get money back for Madoff victims. One on one litigation just ain't his thang. :)


Posted at 4:39 PM on Mar 5, 2011 by Curious

ROFLMAO, un huh, and Horkhisbitz is a trial lawyer working as her child custody lawyer, Garbus is a first amendment lawyer working on her PR. Somehow I think if Oxymoronic actually had a DV case, Cotchett would've jumped on it for a one on one just to add another notch onto his belt.

1293 days ago
1302.

Majestik    

OMG...FAUX PAS OF THE CENTURY...

Attorney Crotchett

Posted at 4:39 PM on Mar 5, 2011 by Curious

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

dAMMUT, I'm getting tired of having to reach for the windex and paper towels here. I'm sending you a Freighter full of cheese curls for that one.

1293 days ago
1303.

Curious    

Gabriel -
ACK! Sorry! LMAO-ing!


Majestik -
Shouldn't that be another notch on Miss Oksana's diaphragm - er - I mean belt? >D

1293 days ago
1304.

Curious    

dAMMUT, I'm getting tired of having to reach for the windex and paper towels here. I'm sending you a Freighter full of cheese curls for that one.

Posted at 4:56 PM on Mar 5, 2011 by Majestik
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A freighter full???
Oh wow! So, um, now probably wouldn't be a good time to admit it was a typo, right? Right. Forget I mentioned it.

1293 days ago
1305.

Majestik    

Oh look, Curious.

Crotchett, and now Diaphragm. Hmmm, do you need a drink, LMFAO.

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