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Prytulak to Bascue:
Knee-Jerk Impulse to Cover Up?

"Connor refused to permit the presentation of five witnesses to one of the alleged frame-ups, asserting that they were introduced too close to the trial date." — Charles Rappleye

Lubomyr Prytulak
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20-Feb-2003


James A. Bascue
Presiding Judge
Los Angeles Superior Court
111 North Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA
USA     90012


Re: Rambam v Prytulak    BC271433    James R. Dunn

James A. Bascue:

I bring to your attention the following report which places you and your wife, Superior Court Judge Jacqueline A. Connor, on the side of covering up Los Angeles Police Department homicides and frame-ups:

The prosecution suffered another setback just days before the trial was set to open, losing its star witness when Rafael Perez was accused by a former girlfriend of having committed several murders.  Through his attorney, Perez said that if pressed in court he would invoke the Fifth Amendment rather than answer questions about the alleged slayings.  That would in turn compromise the right of the defense to cross-examine a prosecution witness; legal experts say the judge then would be required to either strike Perez’s testimony or declare a mistrial.

Last week, prosecutors lost a second key witness when Greg Yates, attorney for gang member Alan Lobos, said his client would also invoke the Fifth Amendment rather than answer questions on yet another homicide.  Lobos contends that he was framed by the CRASH unit, but in their opening statement, defense attorneys said he invented the story to obscure his connection to a gang shooting.

For all the problems prosecutors say they’ve had collecting evidence and presenting witnesses, Superior Court Judge Jacqueline A. Connor has afforded them little sympathy.  Connor refused to permit the presentation of five witnesses to one of the alleged frame-ups, asserting that they were introduced too close to the trial date.  She’s consistently upheld defense objections and ruled against the prosecution.

Here again, the prosecution may have run into a case of institutional bias.  Connor is a former prosecutor herself with a reputation for meting out tough sentences to gang members, and her husband, James Bascue, also a Superior Court judge, worked closely with LAPD CRASH as head of the D.A.’s hardcore gang unit.
Charles Rappleye, Another Fine Mess: Rampart scandal staggers into court, LA Weekly, 27-Oct-2000 to 02-Nov-2000 www.laweekly.com/ink/00/49/news-rappleye.php

The above information sheds further light on (1) the refusal of Los Angeles Superior Court senior administrators to intervene in James R. Dunn's wholesale spoliation of Lubomyr Prytulak documents, and as well on (2) James R. Dunn's refusal to either provide Lubomyr Prytulak with transcripts of the Rambam v Prytulak proceedings, or to cite authority for refusing to do so.  The further light that is shed is that Court leadership may be crippled by a predisposition to pretend that cancers don't exist rather than strengthened by a readiness to extirpate them.

Work that remains to be done is the measurement of the entire iceberg of which the Rampart Scandal is but the tip, and the disciplining of judges like James R. Dunn who use the protection of their office to go on a lawless rampage.




Lubomyr Prytulak


Hard copies to:

John A Clarke, Executive Officer/Clerk • LASC • PO Box 151, Main Post Office • Los Angeles, CA • USA 90053
Robert A Dukes, Assistant Presiding Judge • LASC • 111 North Hill Street • Los Angeles, CA • USA 90012
James R Dunn, Judge • LASC • 111 North Hill Street • Los Angeles, CA • USA 90012
Gary Klausner, Judge • USDC • 255 East Temple Street • Los Angeles, CA • USA 90012
Carolyn B Kuhl, Supervising Judge, Civil Departments • LASC • 111 North Hill Street • Los Angeles, CA • USA 90012
Gary Kurtz, Esq • 20335 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 200 • Woodland Hills, CA • USA 91364
S James Otero, Assistant Supervising Judge • LASC • 111 North Hill Street • Los Angeles, CA • USA 90012
Barry A Taylor, Judge • LASC • 6230 Sylmar Avenue • Van Nuys, CA • USA 91401
Bernadette Torivio, Executive Secretary • CJP • 455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 14400 • San Francisco, CA • USA 94102-3660


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