Third Strike

Its time to dump a DA who has broken faith with the public in at least three crucial cases

Rackauckas—who apparently is spending too much time in an office full of starched shirts, monogrammed rings and frat-house egos—hasn't been as logical as Carmona. Reading a prepared statement at a hastily called Aug. 21 press conference, the DA had the audacity to lecture Carmona through the media.

"Arthur," Rackauckas said with phony personal familiarity and avuncular concern, "it is a rare event that a convicted defendant gets this kind of break."

Those of you about to serve jury duty in Orange County's criminal courts should remember that inadvertently enlightening statement.

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