Jeff Rawitz: Why did you say Joe Cavallo is a women hater [during an FBI secretly recorded conversation]?
Don Haidl: Joe Cavallo has been in my presence when he's been short and rude to women . . . I don't know if he hates all women in the world.
Haidl: He's been rude to men too.
Rawitz, smiling: So we can say he's just rude?
Haidl: Yes sir.
–Rawitz, defense counsel for indicted ex-Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona, today questioning ex-Assistant Sheriff Haidl, who hired feisty defense lawyer Cavallo to represent his teenage son on gang rape charges in 2002. Cavallo–longtime drinking pals with Carona–was convicted last year in a bail bonds scheme. He's also a witness in what federal prosecutors say was Carona's conspiracy to enrich himself, his wife and a mistress on Haidl bribes and kickbacks. Haidl admits his crimes. Despite being caught discussing “untraceable cash” with Haidl last year, Carona continues to insist he's an angel.
(R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly)