A former brazen Florida cocaine trafficker, who became an ultra-wealthy database guru that bought valuable gifts for corrupt Orange County sheriff-turned-convicted-felon Mike Carona, died Thursday or Friday, according to news reports.
Haidl–a notorious chain smoker and booze guzzler with a penchant for communicating in streams of cuss words–was rewarded for the illegal contributions with a powerful assistant sheriff's job and, though he'd never taken a single police training class, full police powers in California.
He also got a county patrol car, one he later admitted in court that he used to impress his neighbors and friends.
Though he used his public office for corruption, Carona remains the recipient of a lucrative-taxpayer funded pension that deposits into his bank account more than $21,000 a month–even while he's in prison and for the rest of his life.
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.