The prosecutor's office declines to file felony charges in the case, but the Ethics Commission is also reviewing Alatorre's activities. Ethics law violations can be punished by fines or jail time.
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has decided not to file felony criminal charges against former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre, even though investigators found that he worked as a lobbyist for years without identifying himself as one.
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