Tomorrow is the last day as a federal prosecutor for Ken Julian, co-counsel in the successful prosecution of ex-Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona. Julian is joining the powerhouse private firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, he recently announced to fellow Department of Justice colleagues inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana. For the last four years Julian worked as deputy chief of the DOJ's branch here.
"Ken has served me well at a time of unbelievable growth of our office," Robb Adkins, chief of the agency's OC operations, told me this morning. "He did an outstanding job prosecuting Carona and a long string of narcotics and health care fraud cases. He'll be sorely missed."
Having covered Julian--a 1990 graduate of Hastings College of the Law--in trial, I've previously reported
that he's a mild-mannered lawyer with devastating cross examination skills and is also a cagey courtroom strategist.
Julian's accomplishments include: convicting fraudulent surgery centers, telemarking businesses and real estate swindlers as well as participating in the investigations into Broadcom billionaire Henry Nicholas, the Samantha Runnion kidnapping/murder and the Mongol's Motorcycle Gang.
Irony alert: Carona, who is scheduled to enter federal prison next month because of his corruption of the Orange County Sheriff's Department from 1999 to 2008, gave Julian an award for his assistance locating Runnion's killer in 2002.
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly