The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Public Integrity Division is currently conducting an active corruption investigation into Pearce, most likely related to the manner in which her position and Council office were used to keep Devin Cotter silent between December 2016 and June 2017. Pearce apparently used her status as a public official and taxpayer resources during that period to benefit the interests of former staffer Cotter–with whom she had an affair that ended with his dismissal as her chief of staff–in an effort to keep him quiet.

With regard to the notorious events of the early hours of June 3rd, 2017, the District Attorney reluctantly declined to prosecute for domestic battery and DUI due to the insufficient and compromised nature of the evidence forwarded to them by the Long Beach Police Department: