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Conrad Murray Prosecution

What's Wrong with This Picture?

11/7/2011 2:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The man of the hour -- Prosecutor David Walgren -- who won the Conrad Murray case, might as well have been sent to Siberia by his boss, L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley, because he was completely out of the shot as Cooley took credit for the victory.

It's pretty stunning, given that the winning prosecutor typically addresses the media after a verdict, but even if the D.A. was exercising caution while the sentence is pending, Cooley didn't even allow Walgren to stand next to him.

Instead of Walgren, Cooley was flanked by his number 2, Jackie Lacey, and D.A. honcho Pat Dixon. Choosing Lacey is an audacious move on Cooley's part, since he personally chose her to run as his successor in the 2012 election. 

A D.A. spokesperson said Lacey was standing next to Cooley because, "It's like Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock."


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Excuse my language now, but F**K YOU Steve Cooley in the courthouse!! You are a conspirator of this injustice!!

995 days ago


Never heard so much BULL**** come out of anyone's mouth like Steve Cooley's!! Praising the LAPD for their great investigation!! *VOMIT* So many mistakes from day 1. It was enough for 2nd degree murder and he DENIED the opportunity!!

995 days ago


Cooley should be ashamed of himself. David Walgren put on a textbook case of how to perform in a high profile trial. Class all the way. Talk about opposites! Cooley - what a s***bag!

995 days ago


Cooley isn't so "cool-y." It's all about him, him, him and politics. I noticed that he took a swipe at AB 109. He did say that Walgren would speak on the day of the sentencing. I am sure Cooley will make certain to get his mug on camera as well.

995 days ago

Straight Talkin Texan    

VERY disrespectful and rude! Even if the DA has a logical reason, he should show respect to Walgren and explain why he isn't center stage.

995 days ago

en Todo Momento!!    

uh, helllooo? tmz?? do you really think we are like 'legal buffs' or something? this is a gossip site. what the hell do i care where that LAWYER'S BOSS!! was standing at the freakin press conference? just give some more juicy gossip so i can tear someone off their high horse! =D *envy*

995 days ago


Walgren did an amazing job. Cooley is just trying to hold on to what's left of his career before Walgren takes over:)

995 days ago


To F'loons: Everything you stated is incorrect. If you read the actual trial transcripts and stop reading the National Inquirer, you may realize what a fool you just made of yourself. Go to and read what the witness' said verbatim.

995 days ago

Laura Munroe    

WTH is that! Walgren should leave this job and go at it alone! He should also run for District Attorney of L.A. he will win hands down.

Cooley stole Walgren's thunder period! Shame!

995 days ago


How pitiful and spiteful taking the limelight away from the person that deserves to shine after all of his hard work. Looks like the DA is a publicity seeking nut who doesn't have any employee relations skills.

995 days ago


David Walgren deserved his time to shine, what a disgusting diss by his superiors!! I hope Walgren takes that f..kface's job come next election!

995 days ago


David Waldgren is the man of the year in my eyes. Great Job! Steve Cooley what the heck are you doing stand up there... All the glory goes to David Waldren.

995 days ago


Again, the DA stated that Walgren would speak at length and with specifics after the sentencing. I don't think Walgren wanted the spotlight. He comes across as someone a little more professional than that. Not to mention smart. His life just aligned with the stars today and he's set for eternity. He probably couldn't care less about being 5th man out of frame.

995 days ago


walgren was great.. i think he deserves the credit but this is politics..

995 days ago


That was a terrible move on Cooley's part. Very bad. He should be a gracious leader and show his support for his star DA but instead hogs the spotlight himself. What a tool.

995 days ago
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