Did Lawrence Anthony Witsoe Receive the Dumbest Bribery Conviction in California History?

[Moxley Confidential] Mission Viejo lawyer faces 35 years for helping a client get charges dropped—and didn't earn a dime

According to court records, the alleged swindlers made as much as $2,000 per day and will face Assistant United States Attorney Douglas F. McCormick in a scheduled five-day trial set for July 2 in federal Judge Cormac J. Carney's courtroom.

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Leon Draper, an accused bank-fraud defendant awaiting trial for alleged financial shenanigans involving a Fountain Valley gas station and car wash, is out of custody on $10,000 bond. As with all pretrial criminal defendants, Draper had to surrender his U.S. passport, but he wants it back for an unusual reason. He intends to fly to Kuwait at the end of the month to sell two expensive, exotic Savannah cats, each of which can be valued at $20,000 or more.

Bob Aul


On May 14, the defendant's taxpayer-funded defense lawyer promised Judge Guilford her client would stay in the Middle East only long enough to get the cats through customs; he would then immediately return to Orange County.

Puzzled about the rush for the overseas trip, Guilford said no.

A portion of this column appeared on our news blog, Navel Gazing.

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tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"Sentencing people that didn't do anything to jail is a misnomer and should not be allowed". Just so they can put you into thier broken system.

18usc241 topcommenter

"Vigil may have benefited from the fact that, for whatever reason, the FBI investigation focused almost entirely on capturing the defense lawyer."  ---------->  onetime Rialto police officer

The problem with astronomical hypocrisy is that it ultimately eats itself. Sort of like how I could be working on the police state as an engineer and get screwed by the very same police state. 


I wonder how many times Witsoe beat the feds in court. It sounds like they were tired of getting punked by this guy and lowered the boom on him.There are two other guys in this deal that should get at least as much punishment as Witsoe. The DEA agent seems the dirtiest here.