Trials and Arbitration

State Bar of California seeks to discipline ex-L.A. city attorney Carmen Trutanich

The State Bar of California is seeking to discipline former Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, claiming that as a county prosecutor he suppressed important evidence and allowed a witness to give false testimony during a 1985 murder case.

Trutanich could face disbarment, suspension and other sanctions, depending on what the State Bar Court recommends.

The move toward disciplinary action comes less than a year after a federal judge threw out the 1985 case’s murder conviction and death sentence, ruling that Trutanich’s "deeply troubling" behavior during that case had deprived Barry Williams, a...