December 28, 2009 | 5:27pm
On Christmas, the Newport Beach/Costa Mesa Daily Pilot gave a present to Greg Haidl--the now freed convicted rapist son of a wealthy, former assistant Orange County sheriff. It published a story portraying Haidl as a "very productive . . . very positive" 24-year-old who has "been through a lot," according to Dennis Fischer, a member of Haidl's large stable of criminal defense lawyers.
Perhaps it's just me but I'd imagine that the victim, a 16-year-old girl at the time of the crimes has been through more. She was gang raped while unconscious during a 2002 high school party in Corona del Mar. Haidl videotaped the crime and secured himself a place in history because he and two other men laughed and danced while they repeatedly plunged a Snapple bottle, lit cigarette, apple juice can and a pool stick into the girl's vagina and anus. To avoid justice, the rapists--who accidentally lost their videotape--smeared and harassed the girl in ways no sex crimes victim should ever experience.
So why is Haidl, a man who says he doesn't want media attention, allowing one of his lawyers to spin reporters now?
A guess: Three local appellate justice are reviewing Haidl's post-prison claims that his criminal convictions in the case were unjustified. The thrust of his argument? The victim was a teenage slut undeserving of any sympathy and lucky to have had sex with the wealthy young Haidl. His goal? He doesn't want to have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
But here's my question to the folks over at the Daily Pilot: How could you allow Haidl's attorney to say that Haidl believes he's worthy of "vindication" without mentioning the simple, but powerful, ironic fact that he confessed guilt in a tear-filled pre-sentencing hearing in front of Superior Court Judge Francisco Briseno?
"It was never my intention to cause you any pain," a weepy Haidl told Jane Doe
, the girl, at that March 2006 sentencing hearing in Orange County's central courthouse. "I wake up every day and feel bad about the people I've hurt. Someone was hurt because of my actions."
By botching its story, the Daily Pilot has, intentionally or not, aided a shameless convicted rapist.
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly