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Ex-Spokeswoman for D.A. Sues Rackauckas

From Times Staff Reports

The former spokeswoman for Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas has filed suit against her former boss for wrongful termination, saying that she refused to blacklist certain reporters and serve as a “political flack.”

Michelle Emard also contends she was defamed by the defendants, who accused her of being dishonest. They include Deputy Dist. Atty. Susan Schroeder, whose husband ran Rackauckas’ election campaign, and Rackauckas.

Emard was hired in September 2002 and fired May 27.

The suit seeks unspecified damages.

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