Walk into Santa Ana's Ronald Reagan Federal Building, pass through two heavily guarded security checkpoints (no camera phones, please), prove your identity, empty your pockets and then surrender your belongings for search. That's the special regimen required nowadays to enter Judge David O. Carter's plush ninth-floor courtroom. Inside, you'll find mahogany furniture, a domed ceiling, recessed lighting, royal blue carpet stitched every few feet with the seal of the United States, more than a dozen federal agents, reporters and the nation's most dangerous criminals... More >>>