DA George Gascón's Office Used This Procedure To Let Urangas Avoid Possible Criminal Prosecution In Alleged Animal Cruelty Case
(Sept. 18, 2021, 10:45 a.m.) -- A story published elsewhere doesn't mention the name of L.A. County DA George Gascón. But his office made the decision to let LB Councilman Roberto Uranga and his wife, former Councilwoman Tonia Reyes Uranga (then seeking a LB School Board seat) avoid possible criminal prosecution on allegations of animal cruelty (alleged poor treatment of two dogs, one of whom died.)
The Urangas have denied the dogs were mistreated.
DA Gascón's office applied a diversion policy adopted in 2017 under former DA Jackie Lacey. It avoids criminal prosecution in certain cases but states it should NOT be applied in cases of alleged animal cruelty UNLESS it receives prior approval by a DA Animal Cruelty Case Coordinator and the Head Deputy or Deputy In Charge.
LBREPORT.com has obtained the DA's office Prefiling Diversion policy document. It states in pertinent part:
In other words, presuming the prescribed procedure was followed, the allegations against the Urangas could not have been diverted without prior approval by the Gascón administration's DA Animal Cruelty Case Coordinator and the Head Deputy or Deputy In Charge.
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