'America's Sheriff' Faces California Corruption Trial

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    'America's Sheriff' Faces California Corruption Trial

    Ever wonder why it's so hard to get a concealed carry permit in Orange County? Read on....


    'America's Sheriff' Faces California Corruption Trial
    By GILLIAN FLACCUS
    Associated Press Writer

    SANTA ANA, Calif. --

    Six years ago, Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona looked into national television cameras and told the abductor of a 5-year-old girl not to eat and not to sleep: Deputies were right behind him.

    The abductor was quickly caught and the way Carona handled the case propelled him into the national spotlight and prompted CNN's Larry King to nickname him "America's sheriff."

    Now, Carona is grappling with legal woes of his own. The square-jawed, three-time sheriff goes on trial Wednesday in a federal public corruption case charging him with conspiracy, mail fraud and witness tampering. Carona, 53, has vigorously denied the charges.

    Also charged are his alleged mistress, who has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, mail fraud and bankruptcy fraud; and his wife, who has pleaded not guilty to a single count of conspiracy.

    Deborah Carona will stand trial after her husband, but his alleged mistress - an attorney - will be tried with him.

    The trial is expected to last two months and a series of conversations secretly recorded by one of Carona's former assistant sheriffs and closest friends promises to figure prominently in the case.

    In court papers, the government accuses Carona, who has since stepped down, and his friends of accepting nearly $700,000 in cash, gifts, kickbacks and questionable loans in exchange for political favors beginning in 1998.

    Prosecutors say many of those bribes came from Don Haidl, a wealthy businessman.

    In exchange, authorities say, Carona made Haidl an assistant sheriff and put him in charge of a new reserve deputy program that allowed him to hand out badges and concealed weapons permits in a pay-to-play scheme.

    Haidl pleaded guilty last year to tax fraud and agreed to become an undercover informant.

    Prosecutors expect to present Haidl as a witness, as well as another former assistant sheriff and an attorney who allegedly provided kickbacks for legal referrals.

    It's unclear if Carona will testify in his own defense, and his legal team has declined to comment on the case or the secret recordings.

    In legal filings, however, Carona's attorneys argue their client was a dedicated public servant who was targeted by overzealous prosecutors with a flawed case.

    They also question the tactics of prosecutors who provided phony grand jury subpoena attachments to help Haidl get Carona to talk and accuse prosecutors of presenting grand jury witnesses who gave potentially false testimony.

    A judge rejected a defense motion to suppress the tapes but did bar some portions where Carona makes sexually explicit and racially offensive remarks.
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    But, just think...for a mere $300,000 "registration fee" you could probably get a badge and an Orange County license to carry.
    For $400,000 they will toss in a young runaway personal Foxy Mistress to shine the badge and carry the gun for you.

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    That's pretty much how my Instructor described life before CHPs here in Louisiana.

    You either had to know the Sheriff well enough or pay well enough to be "deputized" and therefor allowed to carry.

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    All I'll say is that if he's found guilty give him the max and sentence and make sure he's in open population at the prison (real prison, not a federal country club) they send him to.
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    perfect example of why "shall issue" should be the law of the land.

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    It doesn't sound like the permits were the cause of all this, mearly a side issue. It does sound like he, as many do, let the power and possition get the better of what probably was at one time good judgement.

    He will now get to see the legal system from the opposite side of the law it seems. Funny how things turn out sometimes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LSU Fan View Post
    That's pretty much how my Instructor described life before CHPs here in Louisiana.

    You either had to know the Sheriff well enough or pay well enough to be "deputized" and therefor allowed to carry.
    But if you're 'deputized' you can carry anywhere in the US! We need that
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