Garrett Harris 12:36 a.m., June 19
The big San Diego cash just keeps on coming for Proposition 34, the measure on November's ballot to overturn California's death penalty and replace it with life in prison without parole.
Patrick Coughlin, an attorney with downtown's Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, gave $20,000 on August 2, according to a disclosure filing posted online today by the California Secretary of State's office. Two of his colleagues at the firm, John Stoia and Patrick Daniels, each contributed $5,000 the same day.
Their firm started life as Lerach Coughlin Stoia and Geller, before its principal, La Jolla super-lawyer Bill Lerach copped a plea in a client kickback case and served a spell in federal prison.
Lerach is now out of stir and living in a lavish oceanfront estate, where he and his wife, lawyer, cupcake store maven, and natural foodie Michelle Ciccarelli, threw a celebrity-packed fundraiser for Prop 34 on July 28.
Attorney Brian Robbins of Rancho Santa Fe contributed $10,000.
Other locals who have earlier given money to the cause include Lerach's ex-wife, lawyer Star Soltan of Rancho Santa Fe, who gave $15,000; lawyer Darren Robbins of Robbins, Geller, with $20,000; and attorney Mary Blasy of Scott & Scott LLP, who kicked in $10,000.
Qualcomm founder and La Jolla billionaire Irwin Jacobs gave $10,000 in April, and on July 5, the San Diego chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union came up with $100,000.
In addition, La Jolla attorney Eric Isaacson of Robbins Geller gave $10,000, and physician Paul Teirstein, chief of cardiology at La Jolla's Scripps Clinic, as well as medical director of the Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute, gave $5,000.
Criminal defense attorney Eugene Iredale contributed the same.