By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
When the judge denied his motion, Deck fainted in the courtroom.
Imagine the reaction of future jurors when they learn that Deck told a different minor in a separate chat that he liked to “lick pee” off little girls, another accusation introduced by prosecutor Heather Brown during a hearing.
YOU CAN’T MAKE UP THIS CRAP
There’s more evidence of my long-standing contention that the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) hired profoundly warped individuals during the reign of FBI-indicted Sheriff Mike Carona. On Sept. 25, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced that the grand jury indicted Lissa Marie Domanic, an OCSD civilian employee and, drum roll, heavily tattooed white supremacist tied to a criminal street gang.
I can’t decide whether to laugh or cry.
According to prosecutors, the 42-year-old Yorba Linda resident used her position in the department’s 911-emergency-call center to access classified OCSD records and relay information to hoodlums in the Orange County Jail. The alleged scheme worked until deputies received a tip. If convicted, Domanic faces a maximum sentence of nine years and four months in state prison.
KUDOS TO A COMPETITOR
John Gittelsohn at The Orange County Register penned a notable, in-depth Sept. 21 article detailing how Vijay and Supriti Soni, a couple of convicted Corona del Mar con artists, made “millions as the market collapsed” by using now-defunct Washington Mutual to “finance at least 43 mortgages worth $24.5 million” since 2007. Gittelsohn found a mortgage expert who said, “It looks as if WaMu had a failed policy of funding these flip transactions at drastically inflated prices.” And now Wall Street wants $700 billion in public funds to cover these types of losses?
IT’S YOUR MONEY, BUT THE GOVERNMENT SPENDS IT
In May, the Placentia City Council gave its rookie city administrator, Troy L. Butzlaff, an annual salary of $172,500, 120 bonus vacation/sick hours, medical and life insurance coverage, an automobile, free gasoline, potential 5 percent yearly pay increases on top of annual cost-of-living raises, and a guaranteed minimum $207,000 severance check if he’s fired for incompetence.