Letters From OC Weekly Readers

I have to say “hats off” to the reporter for some good, old-fashioned journalism [Nick Schou’s “The Bad Detective,” March 12]. I am no fan of gangbangers and jailbirds, but someone really needs to kick some lawyer ass. Keep up the good work.

Fred, via e-mail


Great article. Please follow up—this shouldn’t be buried. This is the sort of thing lost in mainstream media, and the sort of thing that makes the Weekly a better place to check for what happens beyond what The Orange County Register and LA Times will tell us.

Steven Barber, Long Beach, via ocweekly.com


This article appears to be just the beginning of uncovering many problems with the OC justice system. It’s heartening to know there is someone out there who is up to the challenge of shedding the light of truth on these issues. The price of democracy is constant vigilance, and right now C.J. Ford Jr. is paying that price for the rest of us. We should all be thankful there are people like him out there because when a justice system is corrupt, no one is safe.

Sambassman, Los Alamitos, via ocweekly.com


I totally enjoyed the article “The Bad Detective.” Thank you for shining the spotlight on Orange County’s dirty little secret.

B. Jenkins, Long Beach, via ocweekly.com


I have been waiting for someone to catch up with Joseph Szeles. I watched him handle my brother’s case, and he was so unprofessional and uncaring in such an unfair circumstance and never once got ahold of one witness or spoke to anyone in his defense. All I can say is, how does it feel to have all your stuff put out there for the world to see, and how does it feel to not be able to defend yourself?

Cori, Long Beach, via ocweekly.com


It seems as if Szeles still has the bad-cop mentality: He seems to want to put people in jail instead of doing his appointed tasks. All the cases he has worked on in the past 10 years should be reviewed. Those defendants should get a retrial if they want one, and Szeles should be fired from OC courts like he was from law enforcement. The next time they hire someone to do a job, maybe they should do some background work first. This isn’t fair to inmates or their families; if a person is entitled to a fair trial, then it should be just that!

Zoey, Long Beach, via ocweekly.com

I understand that Nick Schou is one of your own, and that good friends always look out for their own, but is this really cover-story material [Nick Schou’s “Orange Sunshine,” March 19]? I enjoy war stories about psychedelics and hippies just as much as the next guy, but this isn’t even news. (Well, I guess it’s old news.) A front-page story should cover events that are current, not just OC history that, thanks to Schou’s obsession with the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, we’ve all heard before.

Victor, Fullerton, via ocweekly.com

At 6 a.m., this lady sounds more like an inspiration [Hey, You! “Chatty Gym Rat,” March 19]. So, you think she says hello too much. She probably has too many flowers in her garden as well. Forty-five is not old; when I was 10, I thought 20 was old. Many contacts have been made at the gym—jobs, golf games, upcoming parties, etc. Besides, it’s the quiet ones who end up shooting up the place.

Rex, Irvine, via ocweekly.com


I’m open to hellos from friendly people. I find it refreshing after 13 years of living in Orange County.

Casual Observer, Laguna Niguel, via ocweekly.com


Letters may be edited for clarity and length. E-mail to letters@ocweekly.com, or mail to Letters to the Editor, c/o OC Weekly, 2975 Red Hill Ave., Ste. 150, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Or fax to (714) 550-5908.





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