We've already informed the public how Greg Diamond, the Brea Democrat who parachuted into Orange County from out of state four years ago after a series of failed job performances and a divorce, has run the most laughably inept California state senate campaign in memory. Six months ago, Diamond promi ... More >>
[UPDATED at end of the article with additional, disturbing revelations about Mr. Diamond's mental health.] Original post, Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m.: Despite our sincere prodding to get Gregory A. Diamond to drop his jumbo Cheetos bag and fall off his sofa to do what he promised Orange County Democrats he w ... More >>
What has Dick been doing?The County of Orange's lawyer is calling on the California Attorney General to investigate potential illegal deals that could give private control of the $100 million-plus Orange County Fairgrounds property in Costa Mesa to well-connected political insiders.In an Oct. 30, ... More >>
Probolsky: Let's blame OC Weekly!Desiree Mouzoon, the Orange County Republican fundraiser salaciously tied to disgraced ex-state assemblyman Mike Duvall in a Wednesday KCBS-KCAL report, has finally spoken. Well, not exactly. Mouzoon apparently has hired Jones Day--the law firm that unsuccessfully ... More >>
Rawitz (L) saved Sheriff Carona's sorry assSadly, Jeffrey M. Rawitz--one of Jones Day's feisty defense lawyers who represented ex-Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona in his federal corruption trial earlier this year--is hospitalized in Los Angeles at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.During Carona's thre ... More >>
Not a good day for CaronaU.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford today firmly rejected legal efforts by Mike Carona to overturn a jury's guilty verdict, noting that there was "ample evidence" that the ex-Orange County sheriff attempted to sabotage a federal grand jury investigating bribery and ... More >>
Thirty long hours. That's how much time the 11 men and lone woman of the jury have deliberated the federal corruption charges against ex-Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona without reaching verdicts. Meanwhile, boredom has driven reporters to gossip, play poker, gossip, plan vacations, ... More >>
For more than a year, Mike Carona's legal defense team and its sycophants aimed a portion of their wrath at Brett Sagel, the assistant United States attorney and driving force behind the prosecution of the indicted, ex-Orange County sheriff. They've impugned his motives, belittled his experien ... More >>
"He worked hard for you. He was a tireless worker. He worked all the time. He did great things. He helped at-risk kids and he did so much for the vulnerable people in our community."
--Exasperated, red-faced lawyer Jeffrey Rawitz (pictured) wrapping up an eight hour closing argument today in h ... More >>
"When are you going to write a positive story about Mike Carona?"
--Brian A. Sun, Jones Day defense lawyer for the indicted ex-Orange County sheriff, to me in the hallway at the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana, California this morning prior to my response: "When I wouldn't have to ... More >>
Thursday's Mike Carona corruption trial pitted government witness Joe Cavallo, a lawyer who became infamous for his energetic defense of three gang rapists, and Brian A. Sun, a Jones Day lawyer representing indicted ex-Sheriff Mike Carona, a long-time Cavallo pal. How effective was Sun, who has a ... More >>
"Your honor, he should stop right there."
--Brian A. Sun, a Jones Day defense lawyer for indicted ex-Sheriff Mike Carona, barked in today's federal court trial after Assistant United States Attorney Brett Sagel called Sun's boneheaded bluff about an alleged sexual relationship between ex-Assistant ... More >>
While Jeffrey Rawitz—a high-powered Jones Day defense lawyer for indicted ex-Sheriff Mike Carona—spent the day repeatedly asking already (repeatedly) asked and answered questions of Don Haidl, the government's resilient key witness, a back-row juror I've nicknamed "Sam Drucker" (a character on t ... More >>
You can credit indicted ex-Sheriff Mike Carona (pictured in his old chick magnet outfit) for turning federal Judge Andrew Guilford’s stately 10th-floor Santa Ana courtroom into a bloody, limb-strewn morgue for the once-touted character of “America’s Sheriff.”
So what do Frank Mickadeit and ... More >>
"[Public access to audio of Sheriff Mike Carona's incriminating statement's that led to his arrest on bribery charges] could taint the jury."
--Brian A. Sun, one of the numerous Jones Day law firm bodies who represent indicted ex-Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona (allegedly) for free, arguing today ... More >>
Brian Sun, the Los Angles-based lawyer representing indicted ex-Orange County sheriff Mike Carona, emerged from U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Guilford's Santa Ana courtroom this afternoon all smiles. Minutes before, Sun and federal prosecutor Ken Julian had selected a panel of 12 citizens to hear ... More >>
Over at the Orange County Register, ace reporter Peggy Lowe writes tonight on Orange County Sheriff's Department blog news that two of indicted ex-Sheriff Mike Carona's Yes Folks (YF) quit today: assistant sheriffs Jo Ann Galisky and Steve Bishop.
Somehow the third and final major YFer embarrassme ... More >>