Norman Watkins

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    Ex-Orange County Sheriff's Captain Loses Federal Retaliation Lawsuit

    In Nov. 2010, an Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) captain filed a federal lawsuit claiming that Sheriff Sandra Hutchens plotted to lay her off in retaliation for speaking up against gross mismanagement in Homeland Security operations and about potential internal corruption involving a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Federal Judge Tosses Out Animal Cruelty-Related $25 Million Lawsuit

    A complaint seeking at least $25 million from Orange County and numerous employees at the Orange County Heathcare Agency's Animal Care Services for illegally seizing hundreds of exotic animals from a Stanton specialty pet shop has been tossed out of federal court. Jerry L. Steering--the Newport ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Jury in Civil Case Finds For DA Rackauckas

    Tony Rackauckas' first term in office as district attorney beginning in 1999 wasn't dissimilar to Bill Clinton's initial rocky months in the White House. Both men found themselves surrounded by unfriendly forces looking to capitalize on mistakes. And Rackauckas, a novice DA, provided plenty of fodde ... More >>

  • News

    November 29, 2007

    Crossing the Thin Blue Line

    Police expert slams OC Sheriff’s Department for ‘cowboy’ attitude and ‘fatal errors’ that led to a street execution

  • News

    November 15, 2007

    Draw Your Own Conclusions

    Why would a deputy who admitted to cruelly doctoring a crime-scene photo get a sweet promotion only months afterward?

  • Features

    November 1, 2007

    Magnum Enforcer

    In an ongoing federal civil trial, it’s clear that one of Carona’s more violent deputies enjoys gunplay