L.A.’s District Attorney Has Accepted More Than $10,000 in Gifts

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey is under scrutiny for reportedly receiving more than $10,000 in gifts from criminal defense attorneys, prosecutors, police unions and businesses over the past four years. The presents ranged from sporting event tickets to jewelry, bottles of wine and a pearl box, and have raised questions about Lacey’s ability to make prosecutorial decisions in a fair and independent manner.

The gifts came to light as a result of an investigation by the Los Angeles Times. While the Times notes that Lacey’s gift acceptance certainly exceeded that of other top district attorneys in the state, she does appear to have disclosed them as required by law.

Under the state’s political ethics guidelines, public officials are permitted to accept up to $460 worth of gifts from a single source in one calendar year, as long as they are disclosed on the public forms.

“I am a strong proponent of transparency in government,” the District Attorney told LAist. “I have complied with the law and will continue to comply with the law.”

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