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ORANGE COUNTY'S BANKRUPTCY: THE RAABE VERDICTS

Voices

May 03, 1997

"I never felt Matt's motivation was for personal gain. I hope that whatever penalty he faces, this will be taken into consideration."

--Board of Supervisors Chairman William G. Steiner

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"At least we have held the two key individuals accountable."

--Treasurer-Tax Collector John M.W. Moorlach, referring to Raabe and former County Treasurer-Tax Collector Robert L. Citron, who pleaded guilty to similar charges

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"I don't feel any vindication is required. We were doing what we were required to do and investigating criminal conduct."

--Orange County Dist. Atty. Michael R. Capizzi

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"I'm shocked that they could find this man guilty. This was a very good man who did nothing but work hard for this county for so many years."

--Gary M. Pohlson,

Raabe's defense attorney

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"Mr. Raabe is not a scapegoat of anything."

--Assistant Dist. Atty.

Jan J. Nolan

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"It would have made it easier for some of us to feel good about this decision if some of the dollars had ended up in Mr. Raabe's pocket."

--Juror Scott Hall,

a resident of Orange

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"While I cannot dismiss Matt's involvement, it seems that a disproportionately heavy weight has fallen on his shoulders. Whatever he did, he didn't act alone. Others share responsibility. We all share responsibility for this."

--County Clerk-Recorder

Gary L. Granville

Compiled by SHELBY GRAD / Los Angeles Times

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