The California State Bar has filed disciplinary charges against a former Los Angeles City Attorney for allegedly hiding evidence in a death penalty case in 1985.
Carmen A. Trutanich, 65, was a county prosecutor at the time. The disciplinary action comes after a federal judge overturned the defendant's murder conviction last year.
Judge David O. Carter said Trutanich's actions in the case were "deeply troubling," including his failure to correct false testimony by a key witness. Patricia Lewis, who testified that she saw Barry Glenn Williams shoot the victim, gave a false name for the driver of the car she was in at the time of the murder.
The judge concluded that the prosecutor knew or should have known it was a lie.