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It had been easy for Carona to dismiss such analysis when it came from the Weekly, but this time, it came from a well-respected, thoughtful federal judge—and fellow OC Republican, to boot! Carona’s reaction to the tongue-lashing? Except for licking his lips twice, he sat still and expressionless.

Had the experience awoken at least a faint ping of remorse? Would he cry again—this time in shame? Would the man who gets to remain free until July 24 offer apologies?

Take a look at the photograph that accompanies this column. It’s Carona exiting the federal courthouse shortly after he had been sentenced to prison.

Is that a five-and-a-half-year prison sentence, or are you just happy to see me?
Beth Stirnaman
Is that a five-and-a-half-year prison sentence, or are you just happy to see me?
Justice Department spokesman Thom Mrozek, standing in front of Carona prosecutors Brett Sagel (L) and Ken Julian (R), called the punishment "just."
Christopher Victorio
Justice Department spokesman Thom Mrozek, standing in front of Carona prosecutors Brett Sagel (L) and Ken Julian (R), called the punishment "just."

He’s smiling.

He’s joking.

He’s pathologically without remorse.

rscottmoxley@ocweekly.com

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