Recall that in his crafty defense of his sexual conduct with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, President Bill Clinton famously uttered this line during a grand jury proceeding about his marital infidelity: "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is."And so we go from one philander to t ... More >>
Don Haidl, from his assistant sheriff days.Even during the five years that he held the unearned rank of assistant sheriff thanks to illegally funding Mike Carona's 1999 campaign for sheriff, Don Haidl hated public speaking. Reporters could ask questions of Haidl--a wealthy Newport Coast used car ... More >>
"America's Sheriff" is a convicted felon.Ex-Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona was found not guilty of multiple conspiracy counts and one witness tampering count in Santa Ana federal court today, but he was still found guilty of another witness tampering count. According to federal prosecutors, ... More >>
Jeff Rawitz: Why did you say Joe Cavallo is a women hater [during an FBI secretly recorded conversation]?
Don Haidl: Joe Cavallo has been in my presence when he's been short and rude to women . . . I don't know if he hates all women in the world.
Haidl: He's been rude to men too.
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“Cocksucker . . . He can suck my dick . . . Bob McDonell’s a lying cocksucker. Uh, most of what he’s done is illegal and my guess is that at some point in time, um, he’ll either get the shit sued out of him or he’s gonna get indicted on something, so you can tell him I said that.”
--In ... More >>
"Uniforms, jackets, badges, guns, cuffs, belt, ammo, car--a black Crown Victoria with lights and siren . . . [and] three stars on my collar which means I'm second command to the sheriff."
--Ex-Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl testifying today about some of the things Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona ga ... More >>
"He looks up in the sky and says, 'From here on out we've got to be real careful and be concerned about [FBI] surveillance.'"
--Ex-Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl testifying today about Mike Carona's 2002 private reaction to speculation in the Orange County Sheriff's Department that federal agents had ... More >>
"Mike Carona would get the Orange County deputies and other Orange County employees on board and work all the other agencies."
--Ex-Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl testifying today about the role Carona, the indicted ex-sheriff, wanted to play in an unsuccessful scheme to get government employees in C ... More >>
"Yeah, me too."
--Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona said in July 2007 to his onetime Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl who'd just described himself as "scared shitless" that another alleged co-conspirator, Debra V. Hoffman--Carona's chief mistress, had talked at length to FBI agents in Newport Beach. Car ... More >>
"He had no problem being corrupt. He just didn't want to be stupid about it."
--Former Orange County Sheriff's Department Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl testifying this afternoon in Santa Ana about FBI indicted ex-Sheriff Mike Carona's private views on taking bribes, lying to the public and illegally ... More >>
One one hand, yes it's a bit same-y. On the OTHER hand - how often does the former sheriff of (let's be honest) one of the most important counties in America get in so much hot fudge and creamery butter FBI-style?
Not often, sir. And/or madam. Not often at all.
HOW TO REPRESENT CARONA: LA Times - ... More >>
Sheriff's Lawyer Pal Going to the Slammer: Somehow defense attorney Joe Cavallo—indicted Sheriff Michael S. Carona’s longtime drinking buddy—was able to operate a bail bonds scheme inside Carona’s jail. Hmmm. Wonder how that happened. Any ideas Mikey? Anyhow, yesterday Cavallo (pictured) be ... More >>
"Cruel" to the Caronas: Yesterday, federal prosecutors produced a list of two dozen friends and associates they believe the Caronas should stay away from - including former Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl, Mrs. Carona's best friend, two friends from Florida and their tax accountant. Not an odd request ... More >>
Ex-Orange County assistant sheriff George Jaramillo pleaded no contest Monday to two felonies and agreed to a year in jail. Here is a story from our archives about how Sheriff Mike Carona and his top deputy planned a dynasty