Friday, May 20, 2005
Perhaps no one has fought longer or harder than Steve Cooley, Los Angeles County District Attorney. He has been at the forefront of this issue and the victims' fight for justice since taking office in December, 2000. Visit the L.A. County D.A.'s Office.
Through Steve Cooley's efforts, the United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, California Legislature, National League of Cities, California League of Cities, International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Latino Peace Officer’s Association, National Narcotics Officers’ Association Coalition, California District Attorney’s Association, and dozens of law enforcement, victims’ rights organizations, cities and municipalities, have taken action to draft letters and resolutions and to lobby for change on behalf of victims everywhere.
On August 15, 2004, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law, legislation written and championed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office which brings California in line with 44 other states who reserve the right to retry anyone prosecuted in a foreign jurisdiction for crimes committed on U.S. soil should they re-enter this country. (AB 1432)