A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away . . . Sheriff Mike Carona gave Mike "Vader" Schroeder, his feisty top political adviser, a permit to carry a concealed weapon (CCW). Last week, the new Orange County sheriff, Sandra Hutchens notified Schroeder, a Republican Party heavyweight in California, that her department intended to revoke his permit. Hutchens' policy is that getting a CCW is a special privilege and that folks must proved "good cause" to secretly pack heat.
Today, Schroeder's Los Angeles-based attorney, Rick A. Cigel, notified the sheriff's department that Hutchens has not "set forth any legal basis to revoke" Schroeder's license, noting that the attempted action "does not stem from any shortcomings in his legal compliance or the legitimacy of his license when it was issued, but instead from a change in the administration of your department."
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Cigel (who has been legal counsel to Massage Today magazine) also complains that officials may have singled out Schroeder (who owns a chiropractic insurance business) by knowingly mailing their revocation notice to the wrong address prior to the deadline to appeal the decision.
"It is inexcusable that Mr. Schroeder was not given his letter until after the response deadline passed," according to Cigel, who seeks an extension to argue the case and "an explanation of the statutory grounds on which the sheriff intends to revoke his license."
Can you smell the forthcoming lawsuit?
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly