Susan Kang Schroeder

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    OC DA Goes Elliot Ness on 909, Raids IE Offices of Obama Donor and Former Lawyers for Costa Mesa PD Union

    Since when did Tony Rackauckas decide to get raid-y all of a sudden? He let political corruption fester for most of his tenure (read: Mike Carona) until last week, when he decided to go Eliot Ness on two cases representing different ends of the political spectrum. The first case is the one with big ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Ninth Circuit Overturns Conviction in Savage Orange County Murder

    In a rare move, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has sided with a Los Angeles-based federal judge and against the California Supreme Court to rule that a wealthy Orange County defendant convicted of savagely murdering his wife did not receive a fair trial in 2007. U.S. Distr ... More >>

  • News

    July 4, 2013
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    December 7, 2012

    DA Adviser Mike Schroeder Pleads Guilty To Halloween DUI & Issues Apology

    Michael J. Schroeder--former chairman of the California Republican Party, a close adviser to Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and the co-owner of a chiropractic insurance company--pleaded guilty today to DUI, according to Al Stokke, Schroeder's attorney.A California Highway Patrol off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Haidl Gang Rape's Jane Doe Gives Key Speech at OC's Victims' Rights March in Santa Ana

    She was so excited last night that she didn't get much sleep, but the sexual assault victim known for a decade only as "Jane Doe" in the infamous Haidl Gang Rape case delivered a potent, uplifting speech today at the 4th annual Orange County Victims' Rights March and Rally in Santa Ana.Sharing the s ... More >>

  • News

    April 26, 2012

    Meet Jane Doe from the Haidl Gang Rape Trial

    OC's most famous sexual-assault victim breaks her silence on the 10th anniversary of the Haidl gang rape

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Exclusive: Itzcoatl Ocampo Fixated on Full Metal Jacket Before Alleged Serial Killings, Lawyer Reports

    ​If you want an insight into the bizarre thinking of accused Orange County serial killer Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo, you have to appreciate the impact movies, especially war films, and music lyrics had on the former U.S. Marine and Iraq War veteran.That's the assertion of Ocampo defense lawyer Randall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2012

    Todd Spitzer To Give Keynote Speech At Chapman University Law Event

    ​If you've never had the chance to hear Todd Spitzer give a speech, you can wipe that accomplishment off your bucket list later this month.Spitzer, the former high-ranking prosecutor and Republican state Assemblyman who will soon return to his old post as a county supervisor, is scheduled to give ... More >>

  • News

    February 2, 2012

    John D. Barnett Is the Attorney for the Damned

    [Moxley Confidential] The veteran criminal-defense lawyer insists his cop client didn't murder Kelly Thomas

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    [UPDATED with Ban Approved:] Laguna Hills is Latest City to Prohibit Pervs from Parks

    ​UPDATE, NOV. 23, 8:28 A.M.: The Laguna Hills City Council on Tuesday night approved on first reading an ordinance banning registered sex offenders from city parks and, if homeowner associations request to join in, their private parks as well.The city will join La Habra, Westminster, Yorba Linda, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    [UPDATED with SJC Spooked:] Banning Pervs in Parks Sweeps OC

    ​UPDATE, AUG. 17, 11:17 A.M.: It's become so routine it's lost its news value: The District Attorney's office announces it's sending a rep before the latest of the 7,000 city councils in Orange County considering a ban on sex offenders in local parks modeled after the county law co-written by DA T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    [UPDATED with Early RSM Nod:] Banning Pervs in Parks Sweeps OC

    ​UPDATE, JULY 29, 9:41 A.M.: The Rancho Santa Margarita City Council voted Wednesday night to move ahead with a ban on registered sex offenders in city parks that is similar to the county law enacted in April.The council agreed that banning only those who have preyed on children would leave kids v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    [UPDATED with SJC Law on Agenda:] Banning Pervs in Parks Sweeps OC

    ​UPDATE, JUNE 22, 10:09 A.M.: While expressing some concern the county pervs-in-parks ban is too broad, the San Juan Capistrano City Council did decide Tuesday night to bring a local ordinance back for a vote July 5.Among the options the city with huge swaths of open space will explore are applyin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Irvine Befuddled DA Tony Rackauckas on Perverts-in-the-Park Debate

    Larry, Sukhee & Beth: The water's safe!​Having lost his push to get a defiant Irvine City Council to adopt his proposed ordinance banning convicted sex offenders from public parks, a befuddled Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas left Tuesday night's session and immediately thought ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    [UPDATE: Council action:] Will Larry Agran Block Pervert-in-the-Park Ordinance?

    Agran can't decide on sex offender issue?​Update: At last night's council meeting, an annoyed Larry Agran argued that Irvine parks are sex-crimes free (against minors) and so any ordinance banning convicted sex offenders from entering the properties is unnecessary. An even more annoyed Beth K ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    Always a Cover-Up at Wal-Mart. Always

    Kathrine Shimaji, the whistleblower who caught Foothill Ranch Wal-Mart employees illegally dumping hazardous waste, wants to know why the Orange County district attorney's office didn't prosecute the higher-ups

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Can You Get A DUI While Riding a Minibike in a Parking Lot?

    ​Ewan Cunningham Lafferty, 26, just wanted to enjoy riding a minibike in a parking lot across the street from a number of Irvine businesses one August 2008 night.But the cops had another idea.They put Lafferty in jail for felony DUI and three other alleged crimes: driving without a headlight, a he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Election 2010: Moxley Watches The OC Republicans

    Jonathan Ho / OC WeeklyTran: Not time to concede. ​1:00 a.m.: Van Tran Remains HopefulInside the converted Garden Grove Blockbuster store, Van Tran continues to hold onto his dream of defeating Loretta Sanchez. Tran is trailing by more than 5,000 votes--and the gap seems to be getting larger. But ... More >>

  • News

    October 28, 2010

    Todd Spitzer Keeps Digging

    [Moxley Confidential] At a press conference meant to refute that of the DA who fired him, Spitzer ends up making his old boss' point for him

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2010

    Sunday News Notes: Reg Slams Loretta Sanchez

    ​Local news highlights include:Register against Loretta Sanchez but drags out marijuana stanceThe editorial staff of the OC Register has declared itself for congressional candidate Van Tran, a Republican; U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, a Republican; and Whitman, yep, a Republican. "From our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Tony Rackauckas & Todd Spitzer Declare Themselves 2014 Opponents for Orange County's Top Prosecutor Job

    Spitzer: Rackauckas has been "totally unethical."​Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and Todd Spitzer, the high-ranking prosecutor he fired in August, conducted dueling, in-depth press conferences today.After trying to groom Spitzer as his eventual replacement for 18 months, Rackaucka ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2010

    Sunday News Notes: Todd Spitzer Out! Barney Frank In! Van Tran Confused!

    Palace intrigue erupts in 401​Highlights from the local media today include: Susan Kang Schroeder Announces She'll Be DAOkay, okay. I'm kidding. So the real news isn't that dramatic, but there's nevertheless been a major development in Orange County's criminal justice system. Former state ass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Oh No You Didn't

    Haidl: Give me my way. My daddy's rich!​"Men who prey on helpless women who are too intoxicated to say 'no' are sexual predators. The public has a right to know who they are and what they've done and where they live. Again, the Haidl Three always want to have preferential treatment. That's what ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    OC Vietnamese Gang-Related Slaying Conviction Rejected

    Nguyen gets a judicial miracle​There may have been screams of joy in a California prison last night and cries of frustration inside the district attorney's office. Late yesterday afternoon, a California Court of Appeal overturned an Orange County jury's 2007 special circumstances murder convi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Top DA Arrested

    According to sources at the Orange County Sheriff's Department, David L. Brent--the veteran prosecutor who runs the district attorney's acclaimed homicide unit--was arrested with his wife on Christmas Day following a domestic dispute.No other information was available officially, except that Brent w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Ex-Orange County Democratic Party Boss Charged in Extortion Plot

    ToledanoJim Toledano, the 65-year-old former chairman of the Orange County Democratic Party and a three-time losing state assembly candidate, has been charged with two felony counts in an alleged $350,000 extortion plot, according to prosecutors.Also charged in the case is Toledano-client Michael E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2009

    Bill Hunt in Labor? Labor in Pain?

    Quint in a past life?A tad bit of lunchtime indigestion for Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters, conventional wisdom's opponents for the June 2010 sheriff's election: I spotted Bill Hunt sitting outside at a Santa Ana cafe this morning with, drum roll, Wayne J. Quint, hea ... More >>

  • News

    May 14, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Is the OC Deputy Union Instigating Trouble in the DA's Office?

    Photo by Beth StirnamanMike MajorDeep within the bowels of Orange County law enforcement circles today, a secret ballot vote will be announced regarding the popularity of Mike Major, the acting chief of the district attorney's bureau of investigation since March. On the surface, the non-public conte ... More >>

  • News

    June 19, 2008
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    October 17, 2007

    Let's Play Where Are They Now: Haidl Gang Rapists

    Last year, an Orange County jury convicted three young men for the 2002 videotaped rape and molestation of an unconscious 16-year-old girl on a pool table in a Newport Beach garage. The case made national headlines not just because the drunk men laughed as they repeatedly shoved a Snapple bottle, ap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2007

    Wednesday's Headlines & Surprises: My New Slogan For The Deputies!

    Back the Badge, Support the Star, Empty your Wallet: Peggy Lowe at the Register watched “dozens of black-shirted deputies march through Civic Center Tuesday as the union went on a public offensive to rally support for their fight to preserve” an incredibly generous pay, perk and pension package. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2007

    Thursday's Headlines & Surprises

    Speed Eating: Would you eat 42 peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches in 10 minutes for $1,500? Patrick “P-Rock” Beroletti, a twentysomething-year-old Chicago cook, won the Drum Corps International World Peanut Butter and Jelly Eating Championship this week at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. (Ear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2007

    Tuesday's Headlines & Surprises

    Top U.S. Secrets to Crooks, Idiots and Dopers: The Hill newspaper in Washington, D.C., reports this morning that the Pentagon, the guys running the Iraq War, now want Congress to allow national security clearances for government employees who are “ex-convicts, drug addicts and mentally incompeten ... More >>

  • Columns

    June 14, 2007


    'I hold an ASS'

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2007

    Rhyming Rackauckas!

    Who knew District Attorney Tony Rackauckas would resort to rhyme during an interview? But first let's gather 'round and hear Rackauckas on his R-rated Wild Kingdom, Orange County: "African dogs . . . not any individual dog would present much of a threat to a large beast (I presume civilized societ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2007

    This is NOT a Joke, OC people

    The San Bernardino County Sun's Michael Rappaport reported today what every Orange County resident feared: The end is near. In an article about the increasing affuence of the Inland Empire, Rappaport quoted Redlands-based regional economist John Husing saying—make sure your cocktail is secur ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 11, 2007

    Commie Girl

    Sex on a school desk, the Governors health care plan and Susan Kang Schroeders actual age (38!)

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2006

    DA's office: Use "Extreme Caution" with LA Times reporter

    The on again, off again war between the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County District Attorney's media affairs office is on again. Today, DA spokeswoman Susan Kang Schroeder sent an agencywide email "warning" staff about Times investigative reporter Christine Hanley. Schroeder claims that Hanley ... More >>

  • News

    July 27, 2006

    Can I Get a Witness?

    DA refuses to press charges against whistleblowing doctor in road rage case

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2006

    Black Gloves, Brown Camry, Bad Case.

    The Orange County District Attorney's office has declined to prosecute a Santa Ana health care activist for a bizarre case of road rage. Dr. Michael Fitzgibbons, a mild-mannered whistleblower who had criticized patient care at Santa Ana's Western Medical Center, was arrested two weeks ago for waving ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 6, 2005
  • News

    December 2, 2004

    Playing Doctor

    Medical professionals try to rescue OCs infamous gang-rape suspect

  • News

    October 7, 2004

    OC Law Enforcement 'Poisoned'

    Assemblyman Todd Spitzer questions the District Attorneys judgment, fairness

  • News

    May 13, 2004

    Inexpert Witness

    Posted: May 14, 2004: On key question of video authenticity, prosecution stumbles

  • Columns

    January 22, 2004
  • Columns

    January 15, 2004

    Whos Your Daddy?

    Its Rebecca Schoenkopf!

  • News

    November 13, 2003

    She Just Toots Tonys Horn

    DA defends his spokespersons promotion against charges of favoritism

  • Features

    August 21, 2003

    Out of His Skull

    What do you get when you combine paranoia, ego and almost limitless power?
    Answer: DA Tony Rackauckas

  • News

    December 26, 2002
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