Mike Carona's Excellent Big House Adventure

[Moxley Confidential] OC's incarcerated dirty ex-sheriff is enjoying his Rocky Mountain view and ridiculously favorable court rulings

After hearing evidence, a federal jury concluded that "there were no areas of policy over which [Hunt] had policymaking authority," that "[Hunt's] responsibilities were restricted to implementing [the department's] goals within a general framework" and that he didn't have "substantial influence" over any OCSD policy.

Yet federal Judge Margaret M. Morrow, a Bill Clinton appointee from Harvard, contorted logic. After noting that jurors also concluded that Hunt had the ability to influence the implementation of Carona-made policies in San Clemente, Morrow claimed the sheriff had a "vital government interest" in silencing his critic and ruled in his favor. In this judge's mind, a policy implementer who had no policymaking authority was still a policymaker.

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected Morrow's stance as "wrong." In a 19-page ruling, the court said that "all reasonable inferences" of the facts "support the conclusion that Hunt was not a policymaker."

Would Hunt finally catch a break after bravely standing against a crooked sheriff?

Nope.

Despite declaring the policymaking excuse hogwash, the Ninth Circuit let the ex-sheriff play his last disingenuous card by ruling Carona cannot be held legally accountable after all because his erroneous assumption about Hunt's status as a policymaker had been sincere. Courts have permitted this type of loophole defense in the past. Without noting that Carona is a certifiable liar and convicted felon, the judges based their case-ending conclusion on his word.

"It's unbelievable," said Hunt, now a private detective whose state lawsuit alleging Carona violated the California Peace Officers Bill of Rights is ongoing. "Where's the justice? This ruling chills deputies down the road from ever telling the truth about corruption."

 

This column appeared in print as "Mike Carona's Excellent Big House Adventure: OC's incarcerated dirty ex-sheriff is enjoying his Rocky Mountain view and ridiculously favorable court rulings."

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liamknuj313
liamknuj313

Wow we have a Judge found guilty by the Judicial Counsel of "obstructing a grand jury investigation."  They can't imprison judges though.  Our DA ignores the charges, now he and his crony's have a judge in their pocket.  Corruption is their oyster http://www.occupyplacerville.com

jdseanjd
jdseanjd

So this chap has been screwed by his Sheriff, by a Federal Judge & by a Court of appeals judge.

Corruption has been protected & indeed rewarded to the tune of $20,000 PER MONTH. & whistleblowers have been frightened off forever.

 

Congratulations to you people of Orange County, you have the justice system you deserve.

Get off your butts & do something about it.

Make a movie which points fingers in the right direction, this would make a great movie plot.

 

I thought we had a crazy criminal justice system in the UK, but this is ridiculous.

 

Remember for evil to triumph, it only needs for good men to do nothing.

 

We live in interesting times.

:)

JD.

Robert Kavanaugh
Robert Kavanaugh

Terrible ruling. Even worse as an appeal. "Yeah, you were screwed Lt. Hunt, but you were sincerely screwed, so it must have been okay." I hope you're insured by someone else for the costs and attorney's fees. What a world.

Book Em Dano
Book Em Dano

Do you REALLY think Corona is an isolated incident in the OSCD or for that matter all OC Law Enforcement Agencies? Don't kid yourself he only got caught. Of late there is so much Police Corruption in all agencies and the OCDA its unreal. Someone needs to do an in depth report about why there is so much increase in OC police corruption because its frightening and continues to unfold daily

Zeitgeist714
Zeitgeist714

Seems fair enough. Let's all just move on

Betty
Betty

How is there not some outcry / lawsuit / barring of this:

"OC taxpayers will continue to pay him about $20,000-per-month for the rest of his life."

That's per MONTH in case you missed that the first time.

Mr
Mr

I used to work for Sheriff Carona. That was 10 years ago. Ever since, I've been in the drug business. Enough said. :) Thanks Carona for showing me the ropes!!! Cheers!

Jerry Ibarra
Jerry Ibarra

A lot of people our doing more time for lesser crimes while the Board of Supervisors toys with Criminal Re-alignment. Sad! I am glad he fits in, who thought he would not

Joe
Joe

"Qualified immunity" is the federal term which governed this decision. It works for justice in many instances, but not this time. Hunt is a good man and didn't deserve what he got from Felon Carona.

corrupt county
corrupt county

Tragically, there is no justice in Orange County, California.... unless of course, you are an insider to the civil and criminal RICO enterprise that the OCDA, OC Sheriff and OC Board of Supervisors whole heartedly support. You are either in.... or you are an outcast.

This County will never be safe from evil political crimes until OC citizens clean house and rid the county's government, religious institutions and public/private schools of corrupt, self-serving and financially motivated individuals who preach Christianity but in reality, behind closed doors, it is all about MONEY MONEY POWER POWER MONEY AND MORE POWER.

jdseanjd
jdseanjd

Yes three cheers for R Scott Moxley.

Brilliant work.

Looks like lots more housecleaning to be done Mr Moxley.

theroachsays
theroachsays

Maybe it's time for a ballot measure to bar peace officers from collecting a pension when they are found guilty of felony crimes. And make that retroactive to effect former Sheriff Carona.

949girl
949girl

It's pretty crazy that he gets to keep his pension!

Pumpuy2010
Pumpuy2010

I am also starting to think Hutchens is not all she is cracked up to be. I wonder what people think of her... Comments?

949girl
949girl

Yes, please do! Spill the beans!

 
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