Or that, under the ruse of offering sincere condolences to Deputy Brad Warner’s grieving widow at a hospital, Carona brought along a personal-injury lawyer, Cavallo—who was later convicted in an unrelated illegal-kickback scheme—and suggested she hire him on the spot.


Carona: Blame George
Jack Gould
Carona: Blame George

Nonetheless, Sun continues to maintain that the government’s “theory” of Carona’s corruption is “odd.” All the expensive, unreported gifts Haidl gave Carona, for example, had nothing to do with bribes to make the glorified used-car salesman an assistant sheriff at California’s second-largest police agency.

“That’s how people relate when they are friends,” said Sun, who maintains that Carona was “a deeply committed public servant to the citizens of this county.”

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