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From Berkeley to Boston, Punk Icons Fight On At Its Not Dead Fest

26 days ago by Jimmy Alvarez
This year, the organizers looked towards Boston and Berkeley for their inspiration. The headliners are Dropkick Murphys and Rancid. It doesn’t hurt that they are both Warped Tour vets. Let’s start with Dropkick; mainstream America fell in love with them in 2006 when their music was featured in Martin Scorsese’s...

Michelle Suzanne Hadley is Not the Crazy Criminal Ex, Angela Maria Diaz is: OCDA

8 months ago by Matt Coker
An Ontario woman was accused by yours truly last July of being "the craziest of crazy ex-girlfriends." Then, in October, Michelle Suzanne Hadley was bestowed a spot on OC Weekly's Halloweeny list of Orange County's 31 Scariest People. Why? Because the 30-year-old had been accused by Orange County's top cops of...

In Orange County's Courthouse Scandals, Prosecutors and Sheriff Unite in Cover-Ups

4 months ago by R. Scott Moxley
CHAPTER ONE Undercover Canadian police couldn't believe their eyes at the Tycoon Club in Vancouver. Oblivious to the surveillance, law-enforcement colleagues, including two from Southern California, partied inside a hangout for the Big Circle Boys, a violent, Asian, organized-crime family. The Guangzhou-spawned syndicate specialized in extortion, home-invasion robberies and narcotics...

California Justices Hand DA Tony Rackauckas His Latest Embarrassment

10 months ago by R. Scott Moxley
The California Court of Appeal ruled late on Nov. 22 that District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and his staff prosecutors have repeatedly proven themselves ethically unfit to handle basic criminal justice system duties in a pending death penalty case, People v. Scott Dekraai, and rejected Attorney General Kamala Harris’ defense of the cheating as “nonsense.” In...

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas Picks Watchdog With Troubling Ties

5 months ago by R. Scott Moxley
There's no doubt Stephen G. Larson—the man District Attorney Tony Rackauckas picked last year as the part-time, $300,000 watchdog of his agency in the ongoing Orange County jailhouse-informant scandal—is brilliant and possesses an impressive résumé. Larson ran the organized-crime section of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles, taught constitutional...

Seal Beach Massacre Victims Seek End of Scott Dekraai Death Penalty Case

9 months ago by R. Scott Moxley
Relatives of the victims of the 2011 Seal Beach salon massacre solemnly announced this afternoon they want prosecutors to abandon their controversial efforts to give killer Scott Dekraai the death penalty. The unusual move wasn't motivated by sympathy for Dekraai, who murdered eight people in a shooting rampage and immediately...

OC's Scariest People 2016: Tony Rackauckas, Pedophiles and Trump Fans Galore!

11 months ago by Gustavo Arellano
For those haunted since childhood by clown nightmares, it has been pretty easy to stay away from them. Just avoid circuses, kiddie birthday parties and certain hamburger joints. But recently, the so-called creepy-clown phenomenon—which has murderous-looking jesters popping up along roadsides and other places to scare the bejesus out of...

Vans Warped Tour's Kevin Lyman: 'I think the brand-new bands like Matt Toka, Hyro Da Hero, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, and this great little band Cherry Bomb are the ones to look out for'

6 years ago by Alejandra Loera
At the Vans Warped Tour official kick-off party and press conference at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles last week, creator Kevin Lyman marveled, "It's really cool--18 years and people still care!" Back in 1995, Lyman started the Warped Tour and showcased bands such as No Doubt and Sublime. Today,...

Is the DA's Office Race a One-Man Show?

4 years ago by R. Scott Moxley
Given that the district attorney's job is the most powerful public office in Orange County, a place with a population greater than about 20 U.S. states, you might guess the competition for the elected position would be fierce. Police and deputies can arrest anyone they want, but the DA decides...

Allan Mansoor Launches Rebel Campaign Against Michelle Steel In Supervisor Race

4 years ago by R. Scott Moxley
Conventional wisdom is that Michelle Steel is the presumptive front runner in this year's campaign to replace outgoing Supervisor John Moorlach. Steel announced first, plucked down $100,000 of her own cash and has raised an additional $530,000. Plus her supporters include heavyweight political insiders including divorcing Orange County power couple...


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