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The Carona Archives









He was hailed as "America's Sheriff" on CNN, glorified as a relentless lawman hunting down criminals, named Orange County's most popular politician, and promoted as a Christian conservative on his way to the governor's mansion or the U.S. Senate, but something--let's call it reality--got in the way. Mike Carona was, in fact, a glorified bailiff who'd parlayed illegal contributions into an election victory for California's second-largest police agency. Far from the rosy public image, Carona converted his power into a freak show of greed, incompetence and deviancy involving dirty deputies, prostitutes, organized-crime figures, titty-bar owners, booze and conmen. While the local daily spent years polishing his reputation, OC Weekly readers were the first to see the true face of OC's top cop, well before his sensational October 2007 FBI arrest. It's all here in this online archive.


For continuing coverage of USA v. Michael S. Carona, go the Weekly's news blog, Navel Gazing.

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  1. Carona Lite
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  2. Were All Rooting for You!
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    The medias unseemly love affair with Sheriff Mike Carona
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  3. Reefer Badness
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    DA investigates charges sheriffs deputies covered up pot bust involving an officials son already on trial for videotaped gang-rape
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  4. 'Our Little Secret'
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    Audio tape reveals cover-up of drug bust involving a sheriffs son already on trial for a videotaped gang bang
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  5. Dudes, It Cant Be My Dope!
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    Gregory Haidl: From alleged gang-rapist to whiny rich kid
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  6. Bye, George?
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    Grand jury investigating charges sheriffs No. 2 man helped himself to cash destined for cops
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  7. The Tank Workers
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    As scandal engulfs the Sheriffs Department, Carona fires his high-profile assistant
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  8. To Protect and Swerve
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    Whats the deal with Sheriffs Deputy Joe Balicki and Latinos in cars?
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  9. Conflicting Conflicts
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    With Jaramillo case, Rackauckas able to shift conflict of interest allegations away from himself for a change
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  10. OC Law Enforcement 'Poisoned'
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    Assemblyman Todd Spitzer questions the District Attorneys judgment, fairness
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  11. Sheriff Con
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    Carona lied about his complicity in pot-bust scandal
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  12. Who Shot the Sheriff?
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    Star witness against ex-Assistant Sheriff Jaramillo is tanking, evidence reveals mischief by Sheriff Carona
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  13. Carona Cover-up?
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    Sealed records show sheriff's complicity in scandal
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  14. SEX!
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    Now that the OC Republican Party has your attention, heres our story about sex inside the Sheriffs Department
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  15. Internal Affairs
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    Ex-Orange County assistant sheriff George Jaramillo pleaded no contest Monday to two felonies and agreed to a year in jail. Here is a story from our archives about how Sheriff Mike Carona and his top deputy planned a dynasty
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  16. Justice Takes a Beating
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    OC court greenlights torture in local jails
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  17. Sex Bomb
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    Erica Hill says OCs conservative Christian sheriff traded sex for favors
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  18. NAMBLA Fantasy
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    Republican activist Jeff Nielsen says he didnt know the object of his affection was a 14-year-old boy
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  19. Carona Makeover
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    Another day, another jail beating in OC
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  20. Sex, Bribes and Jailhouse Scams
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    Sheriff Carona working overtime to stop reports he's a serial adulterer
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  21. Girls Trouble
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    Happy New Year: now you'll pay for the sheriffs alleged sex romps
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  22. Bad Dads
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    The Haidl Gang-Rape case couldve ended years ago with better parenting
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  23. Fuhgeddaboutit
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    Sheriff Carona's campaign claims amnesia on Vegas mob tie
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  24. 'Dirty, Stupid or Both'
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    Never mind the photo: Sheriff Carona denies Mafia ties
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  25. Dong Schlong Peter Pecker Wiener
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    Orange County's top cop tells women about 'The Little Sheriff'
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  26. Department of Homeland Stupidity
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    Master of Disasters Mike Carona breached secret anti-terrorism plans
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  27. Calamity Mike
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    X-rated recording is latest blunder for OC sheriff
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  28. Sheriff Funny Guy
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    Caronas ironic reign
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  29. Blazing Saddles!
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    Sheriff Carona takes his posse on a European tour
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  30. Kissing the Pinky Ring
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    Newport Beach barbecue honors racketeer heading to federal prison
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  31. Laughing His Way to Victory?
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    Despite scandals, Sheriff Carona still seducing voters
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  32. Furious and Curiouser
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    Orange County falls deeper into the infamous Malibu Ferrari crash
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  33. They Got the Sheriff
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    OC Sheriff Michael S. Carona's reign has been equal parts tragedy and comedy. With his indictment, it enters its final act.
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  34. She's The (Under) Sheriff
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    Indicted by the Feds, Carona slides his most loyal soldier into temporary command at the Sheriff's Department
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  35. A Tale of Two Tapes
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    2007: A year to remember
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  36. Dumb and Dumber
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    The stupidity of indicted ex-Sheriff Mike Carona, forever preserved on an FBI surveillance tape
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  37. A Federal Prosecutor Recused Himself From the Carona Probe, but It Seems He Couldn't Stay Away From Carona
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    Gross Ambition
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  38. DA's Report Is a Stunning Indictment of the Mike Carona-Run Jails--Sort Of
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    Cell Blockhead
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  39. Meet the New Sheriff . . .
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    Taking a wait-and-see stance toward OC's new top cop
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  40. Ron Cedillos Hasn't Told the Whole Story of His Falling-Out With Mike Carona
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    This Time, It's Personal
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  41. OC Media Asked to Ignore Still-Emerging Dirt on Mike Carona's PSR Mess
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    Badge Boys, Badge Boys
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  42. Indicted Ex-OC Sheriff Banking on Jury Finding Him an Angel Among Thieves
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    Who Hired This Crew?
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  43. The Crooked Sheriff Chuckled
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    Plot to thwart a federal bribery probe amused Mike Carona
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  44. Dirty Haidl?
    Moxley Confidential
    The Mike Carona defense team accidentally produces a new rogue-cop hero
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  45. Can We Get a Witness?
    Moxley Confidential
    We've got 16 of 'em, courtesy of the federal prosecutors in the Mike Carona corruption trial
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I have a Mike Carona for Sheriff Sign hanging on what we call, "The Wall of Shame" other items are a 9/11 Gold Dollar and a Mike McGwire poster. 

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