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July 12, 2008 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
More than 100 government witnesses might be called to testify against former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona during a corruption trial that is expected to last six to eight weeks, attorneys said today in open court. The number of witnesses and duration of the trial were among several issues raised as defense attorneys and prosecutors debated whether the trial date should be postponed from Aug. 26 to Oct. 28. U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford did not immediately issue a decision.
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May 9, 2008 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
Former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona lost another round in court Thursday as a federal judge rejected his efforts to obtain investigative files and records in cases that involve three former associates who are expected to be chief prosecution witnesses at his August corruption trial. U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford also granted the government's request that a magistrate review other subpoenas that have been served or that the defense plans to serve before trial, to ensure that they are proper.
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July 26, 2008 | Christine Hanley
A judge denied a motion Friday by the onetime mistress of former Sheriff Michael S. Carona to disqualify the two prosecutors handling a corruption case against her and Carona. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford found that Debra Hoffman's allegations of prosecutorial misconduct did not "rise to a level warranting" removal of the federal attorneys. Guilford also ordered prosecutors to provide him with documents that explain why they were not included in a mass recusal of about 250 colleagues from the U.S. attorney's offices in Los Angeles and Santa Ana. Assistant U.S. Attys.
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January 22, 2011 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
Former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona plans to surrender to authorities by Tuesday to begin serving his 5½-year prison sentence for witness tampering. Carona will serve his time at a low-security federal prison in Littleton, Colo., a Denver suburb, prosecutors say. Earlier this month, a three-judge panel of a federal appeals court upheld Carona's 2009 conviction on one felony count that stemmed from a secretly taped conversation in which Carona urged then-Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl to lie to a grand jury investigating his administration.
NEWS
July 23, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer
   A member of the founding family of Farmers & Merchants Bank was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for stealing nearly $2 million from a customer's account.    Matthew J. Walker was ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution as part of the sentence handed down Monday by U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford at the federal courthouse in Santa Ana.    Walker, who managed Farmers & Merchants' Laguna Hills branch, pleaded guilty last year to theft by a bank officer.
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November 29, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
A member of the founding family of Farmers & Merchants Bank has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $2 million from a customer's account. Matthew J. Walker, who managed the bank's Laguna Hills branch, entered the guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford in Santa Ana. Walker's attorney said he squandered the stolen money on a failed investment. Walker, 34, admitted to stealing the money by taking advances from a customer's line of credit during a 16-month period during 2009 and 2010.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer and Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers
Attorneys for former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona filed a motion Wednesday asking a judge to dismiss most of the charges against him, alleging federal prosecutors had no jurisdiction in the case. The motion contends that California's Fair Political Practices Commission adequately regulates the acceptance of gifts by elected officials -- the basis for most of the charges against Carona -- so the U.S. attorney's office should not be allowed to prosecute him. The attorneys asked U.S.
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March 19, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
A key member of the defense team for Michael S. Carona said Monday that he will withdraw from the political corruption case, a move the former Orange County sheriff said was intended to curb his mounting legal bills. San Clemente attorney H. Dean Steward said he expected U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford to approve his resignation because Carona will continue to be represented at no cost by the national law firm Jones Day.
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March 15, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
Attorneys for former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona implored a federal judge Friday to dismiss most of the charges he is facing, contending that prosecutors from the U.S. attorney's office overstepped their authority in targeting him. Carona attorney John D. Cline said the federal government is obligated to allow states to set and enforce their own political corruption laws.
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June 28, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
Attorneys for former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona asked a judge Friday to instruct jurors in his upcoming corruption trial that federal prosecutors violated state ethical guidelines when they instructed a former assistant sheriff to secretly record conversations with Carona last year. U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford has already denied a defense request to exclude the recordings as evidence in Carona's trial, now scheduled to begin Aug. 26.
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