“[Public access to audio of Sheriff Mike Carona's incriminating statement's that led to his arrest on bribery charges] could taint the jury.”
–Brian A. Sun, one of the numerous Jones Day law firm bodies who represent indicted ex-Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona (allegedly) for free, arguing today that the FBI audio surveillance evidence admitted in the trial should be withheld from the public. One big problem. How could public knowledge of evidence the jury has already heard taint the panel's deliberations? Hmmm. Nonetheless, Judge Andrew Guilford–who I think is a generally a terrific judge–overruled Assistant United States Attorney Brett Sagel and ridiculously granted the defense motion.
(R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly)
R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.