It's official: Former OC Weekly cover story icons Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine are no longer convicted felons.
In making her ruling, Cassani referred to several aspects of Sheldon's mishandling of the case which the Weekly pointed out during our coverage of the trial. For example, Cassani argued, Sheldon complimented the prosecutor, Jodi Castano, in front of jurors, while also being so rude to the defense team that he actually brought Margolin to tears at one point when jurors were about to enter the room. Instead of giving Margolin a few minutes to collect herself, Cassani noted, Sheldon allowed the jurors to march into court.
Award-winning investigative journalist Nick Schou is managing editor of OC Weekly. He is the author of Kill the Messenger: How the CIA’s Crack Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb (Nation Books 2006), which provided the basis for the 2014 Focus Features release starring Jeremy Renner and the L.A. Times-bestseller Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love’s Quest to bring Peace, Love and Acid to the World, (Thomas Dunne 2009). He is also the author of The Weed Runners (2013) and Spooked: How the CIA Manipulates the Media and Hoodwinks Hollywood (2016).