Monday, May 18, 2009 at 9:30 p.m.
In tomorrow's edition of LewRockwell.com, Steven Greenhut writes a column, "Breaking the Code of Silence," that ridicules what the senior Orange County Register editorial writer sees as a continued lack of ethics and decency at the sheriff's department.
At issue, according to Greenhut, is that Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and deputy union boss Wayne Quint were peeved that prosecutors told the public of documented evidence that deputies lied under oath to protect another deputy
who'd twice fired a Taser into a handcuffed, already restrained suspect sitting in the back of a patrol car.
But, says Greenhut, Hutchens and Quint didn't seem nearly as outraged by the deputies' alleged lying--even after both received multi-hour, detailed briefings
by District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and his senior staff.
Greenhut suggests that "bad behavior" by OC deputies might be more the norm than Hutchens and Quint want us to know and he praises prosecutors, especially DA spokeswoman Susan Kang Schroeder, for refusing to cover up the situation.
Read his opinion piece HERE
Hutchens told me and the Register's Larry Welborn that she is concerned by the DA's allegations and will, after her internal affairs unit conducts its own probe, punish any wrongdoing if she thinks it's appropriate.
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly