Given that the district attorney's job is the most powerful public office in Orange County, a place with a population greater than about 20 U.S. states, you might guess the competition for the elected position would be fierce. Police and deputies can arrest anyone they want, but the DA decides who gets prosecuted and who doesn't. He—there's never been a female occupant in the seat—even controls secret grand juries that can ignore or expose politically sensitive shenanigans. Did you know the DA also is protected by a frown-frozen, armed security detail that lends visual stature to... More >>>