The most historic, local moment of Tuesday's election happened around 9 p.m. when elated (literally jumping up and down) Orange County Republicans realized they were finally on their way to not just finally defeating Larry Agran but also taking control of Irvine.But the GOPers were also fuming becau ... More >>
Just days after District Attorney Tony Rackauckas honored Fountain Valley for approving on first reading a ban on registered sex offenders in city parks--based on a county law he co-wrote--word came that a registered sex offender has sued two cities bordering Fountain Valley and two other Orange Cou ... More >>
Dragan Fustars' eyes are oddly askew, but that's not a valid excuse for the Irvine contractor to con elderly people out of more than $126,000.This week, Fustar pleaded guilty to 10 felony charges surrounding the swindling of senior citizens from May 2010 to December 2011 and received a six-year pris ... More >>
When we get behind closed doors ...UPDATE, SEPT. 20, 3:05 P.M.: Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent Joseph M. Farley, who was informed in May by the district attorney that he and his Board of Trustees violated the state's open meeting law during three of the previous six months, tod ... More >>
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 >>
Irvine council members Sukhee Kang, Beth Krom and Larry AgranUPDATE, MAY 11, 9:54 A.M.: The proposal to ban sex offenders from Irvine city parks did not wow all council members Tuesday night. Mayor Sukhee Kang, Councilman Steven Choi and the councilman who brought the matter before the panel, Jef ... More >>
T-RackUpdate, December 14, 11:48 a.m.: The disclosure policy has changed, but the results have not. As with just about every (if not every) police shooting case brought before it, the Orange County District Attorney's Office has officially cleared Laguna Beach cops of criminal wrongdoing in the d ... More >>
Spitzer says he's eyeing evil.The equation is simple and easily more verifiable than any Albert Einstein formula.Todd Spitzer plus microphone equals, well, explosive talk.And KUCI-FM gave Spitzer, the rebellious Orange County Republican recently fired by District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, a mic f ... More >>
Palace intrigue erupts in 401Highlights 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 >>
Tony Rackauckas is forced to accept fired underlingFormer Orange County prosecutor Suzy M. Snyder must be smiling today. Sure, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas fired Snyder in 2008 after learning that she had had a secret "sexual relationship" with an Irvine police detective who testified i ... More >>
Beth StirnamanRackauckas and Susan SchroederFor more than six months, persistent rumors have circulated
in Orange County legal circles that Tony Rackauckas, the district attorney
since 1999, would not seek a fourth term this year. Numerous individuals
including Rackauckas employees, defense attor ... More >>
Tight times at the DA's officeFolks aren't buying products and services like they used to
and the impact of dwindling government sales tax revenues is about to be felt
hard inside the local agency charged with putting criminals in prison.
In an interview this morning, District Attorney Tony
Ra ... More >>
In an opinion issued today, a California Court of Appeal ruled that Orange County prosecutors overstepped their authority to seek tough penalties against hoodlums who violate court-imposed anti-gang injunctions.
In January 2007, Sixto Moreno and Anthony Lopez—two Santa Nita gang members—drank b ... More >>
As dutifully chronicled by the unoverestimatable R. Scott Moxley (A Tale of Two Tapes), 2007 saw a nail driven into the coffin of Sheriff Michael Carona's political career, not to mention his testicles. When the LA Times is publishing pictures of your wife and your mistress, calling them the Two Deb ... More >>
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced the arrests of three medical doctors who allegedly traded their professional oaths for quick cash.
Michael Cheeluen Chan, 61, Mario Z. Rosenberg, 59, and William Wilson Hampton, 51, now face 47 felony counts and, if convicted, could go to pr ... More >>