Pierce O'Donnell Has Agreed to Serve Time in Jail for Funneling Illegal Campaign Money to Former Sen. John Edwards

Los Angeles attorney Pierce O'Donnell, who pled guilty last fall to funneling illegal campaign contributions to former Sen. John Edwards, joined prosecutors Wednesday in asking a federal judge to sentence him to 60 days in prison, reports LAW360


Mr Pierce O'Donnell -- a brilliant trial attorney who could pull a rabbit out of the hat in court, a self-proclaimed born boat rocker who plays to win on behalf of those for whom he battles -- is also asking Judge Thomas Anderle of the Santa Barbara County Superior Court for "legal separation" from spouse, Ms Dawn O'Donnell. (Image: courtesy photos)

O'Donnell has been involved in countless legal proceedings involving his numerous acts of misconduct, described briefly below:

1. Criminal proceedings in the Los Angeles County Superior Court relating to unlawful contributions to James Hahn.

2. State Bar of California Court proceedings relating to his conviction of crimes involving moral turpitude in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

3. State Bar of California alternative proceedings relating to his mental illness (O'Donnell failed to comply with the conditions of the program and his participation was terminated).

4. Administrative proceedings advanced by both the City of Los Angeles and the State of California.

5. State Bar of California Court proceedings relating to his attempt to mislead a Nevada state court.

6. Ongoing criminal proceedings in federal court. These proceedings (United States of America v. Pierce O'Donnell) relate to alleged unlawful contributions to John Edwards.

As was reported here earlier, O'Donnell's participation (alongside Thomas Girardi , Walter Lack, Joe Cotchett, and James Brosnahan) in the El PasoNatural Gas/Sempra and Hurricane Katrina litigation is a source of grave concern, particularly due to circumstances involving sham charity CaliforniaALL.

Specifically events surroundings CPUC Commissioner Geoffrey Brown; James Brosnahan/Susan Mac Cormac /Diane Pritchard/Annette Carnegie of Morrison & Foerster; Thomas Girardi and Howard Miller of Girardi & Keese; Joe Cotchett and Nancy Fineman of Cotchett Pitre & Mcarthy; Joe Dunn of Voice of OC; Gilles Attia and Jeffrey Shohet of DLA Piper, and the hush-hush sub rosa transfer of $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL.

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