As Orange County's Republican sheriff, Mike Carona liked to talk tough about granting no mercy to convicted felons, but ever since the ex-top cop turned convicted felon himself earlier this year he's been begging for leniency.
This afternoon, the Ninth Circuit--the nation's most liberal federal appeals court--granted Carona his wish.
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Unlike most felons, he'll be allowed to remain free from serving his 66-month federal prison sentence until the appellate court reviews his claim that federal prosecutors cheated to win a conviction. Specifically, the ex-sheriff says it wasn't fair that FBI and IRS agents secretly recorded him and an assistant sheriff discussing cash and gift bribes, ways to thwart a federal grand jury investigating his corruption, his conquests of women during work hours, his massive ego and his close friendships with a multitude of degenerate characters.
U.S. Department of Justice officials, who argued that Carona should begin his punishment on July 24, declined to comment on today's ruling, according to agency spokesman Thom Mrozek.
Our apologies to married men throughout Southern California; your wives are not safe while the "Little Ex-Sheriff" roams free.
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly