February 1, 2001
Feb. 1, 2001: Cooley Back to 3-Strikes Pledge as 2 Defendants get current convictions filed as 2nd strikes
The LA Times reported that Los Angeles County prosecutors will not treat a defendant who received two bottles of stolen ArmorAll and another defendant charged with possessing a small amount of cocaine as third-strike felons facing 25 years to life in prison.
Prosecutors said Feb. 1st that the decision came after defense attorneys in the two cases complained publicly that newly elected Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley was not keeping his campaign promise to treat only the most severe criminals, those whose crimes involve violence or a large quantity of drugs, as third-strike felons.
After the complaints, the district attorney's office reevaluated the cases and decided to disregard strikes for each of the defendants.