Santa Ana, CA — False statements included in the ballot statement filed by District Attorney candidate Todd Spitzer have prompted a lawsuit filed by Collene Campbell, the founder of Memory of Victims Everywhere, who lost her son, brother and sister-in-law to murder. Campbell is continuing her life long crusade for crime victims’ rights, after recently losing her husband Gary to cancer.
The lawsuit challenges two false statements in the ballot argument. The first false statement is “I’ve chaired 100 trials with a 100% conviction rate.”
In fact, Spitzer received numerous “not guilty” or “hung jury” verdicts while he was a deputy district attorney, including on his first case after returning to the D.A.’s office, as reported in the Orange County Register.
In his second false statement, Spitzer claims that he “co-wrote Marsy’s Law, the Constitution’s Victims’ protection.”
In fact, Steve Twist, Doug Beloof, Paul Cassell, Meg Garvin, Steve Ipsen, Dr. Henry T. Nicholas III, and Doug Pipes co-authored Marsy’s Law for California. Spitzer did not co-write the law. According to the past President of the Henry T. Nicholas III Foundation, which sponsored the law, Spitzer was let go from his role at the Foundation after repeatedly and falsely taking credit for co-writing the measure (Link).
Spitzer was fired from the D.A.’s office in August 2010.
Paid for by Tony Rackauckas for District Attorney 2018