At one point last year, it appeared as though Sheriff Sandra Hutchens’ promise to hold dishonest deputies accountable was on par with the public stance taken by her crooked predecessor: empty talk. That’s when prosecutors accused deputies of employing a code of silence to protect a fellow officer from an excessive-force conviction after he twice fired a Taser into a seated, handcuffed suspect. District Attorney Tony Rackauckas blamed the failure to convict deputy Christopher Hibbs on the deceitful testimony of fellow officers. At the time, Hutchens dismissed any notion her staff had testified falsely and called allegations of a cover-up absurd. You could almost hear the disappointed moans of citizens craving real reform at the Orange County Sheriff’s... More >>>