The lawyer for a group of South Orange County residents–including a famous athlete and a successful Laguna Beach actor/model–told a federal jury today that sheriff's deputies lied on the witness stand to cover up excessive force used during an early-morning 2007 incident in Dana Point.
Orange County juries have a long, pathetic history of siding with cops, even obviously dirty ones. In one infamous case, an Irvine police officer disconnected the GPS unit in the trunk of his patrol car (so that dispatchers couldn't track his whereabouts), tailed a woman outside of his jurisdiction, pulled her over on false pretenses, then masturbated and ejaculated on the shocked woman's chest. DNA testing later matched this cop's sperm with the sticky matter left on the woman, and yet a 2007 OC jury–mostly old, white men–couldn't bring themselves to find the officer guilty of any crime.
R. Scott 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.