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November 1, 2007 | From Times Staff Writers
Is Michael S. Carona required to step down as Orange County sheriff because he has been indicted? No. California law would force him out of his job only if he is convicted of a felony. Has an indicted sheriff ever remained in office? Yes. Two California sheriffs have been indicted on public corruption charges since 1989. Both stayed in office several months before resigning. Each was eventually convicted of the crimes. Can the Orange County Board of Supervisors force Carona out?
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April 2, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Orange County's former sheriff is waging a battle to be released from federal prison, where he is serving time for witness tampering in a corruption case that exposed wrongdoing in the state's second-largest sheriff's department. On Monday, a federal judge heard arguments on whether to resentence Michael S. Carona, once a rising political star before he was indicted in late 2007 in a sprawling corruption case. Carona's attorneys argued that the 66-month sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Andrew Guilford on the one witness-tampering charge on which he was convicted should be adjusted based on changes in the law. About one year after Carona's sentencing, the Supreme Court narrowed a definition of corruption to just bribes and kickbacks.
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July 26, 2002 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was no playbook for dealing with the public, no secret list of do's and don'ts squirreled away in a drawer just in case a 5-year-old girl was kidnapped, sexually abused and murdered. So Michael S. Carona, only a few months from the end of his first four-year term as Orange County sheriff, made up the playbook himself last week, using personal appearances to organize "a modern-day posse" of investigators, the media and the public in a desperate hunt for a little girl, then for her killer.
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January 7, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
A federal appeals court Thursday upheld the witness-tampering conviction of former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona, but it remained unclear when he might have to begin serving his 5 1/2-year prison sentence. Carona has been free pending the ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Lawyers for the former sheriff acquitted of five other corruption counts had argued that jurors shouldn't have heard a secretly taped conversation in which Carona urged a colleague to lie to a grand jury on his behalf.
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November 15, 2007 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge Wednesday set June 10, 2008, for the trial of indicted Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona, his wife, Deborah, and his former mistress, Debra V. Hoffman. The Caronas were also cleared to contact two people considered potential witnesses against them, including their tax preparer. U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford called the June date firm unless new charges were filed against the defendants or others were charged. Assistant U.S. Atty. Brett A.
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June 19, 2007 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
A former Orange County Sheriff's lieutenant sued the county and Sheriff Michael S. Carona on Monday, saying he was unfairly demoted for criticizing the sheriff while campaigning against him for the department's top job last year. Bill Hunt was placed on administrative leave the day after the June 6, 2006, election in which Carona was reelected, narrowly avoiding a runoff with 50.9% of the vote. Hunt placed second in the four-way race, with 26.5%.
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January 4, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona intends to return to work Monday, ending a 60-day paid leave of absence initiated after he was charged with corruption in a federal grand jury indictment. It remained unclear how much time Carona would spend in the sheriff's Santa Ana headquarters when he returns to work. In a statement, the department said Undersheriff Jo Ann Galisky would continue to handle day-to-day operations after Carona's return.
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April 12, 2005 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona will run next year for a third term, saying he'll leave it to voters to decide if he should keep a job he pledged in 1998 that he'd hold only for two terms. His announcement ends speculation that he might give up his post and run for lieutenant governor, drawing on the popularity of his friend Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The two worked together in 2002 on the passage of Proposition 49, statewide funding for after-school programs.
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April 18, 2006 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Orange County Republican leaders delivered a narrow endorsement Monday to embattled Sheriff Michael S. Carona, one month after he lost the local party's backing in a close and contentious vote. Carona, who will face three challengers in the June election, barely won the two-thirds support he needed for the party's endorsement. He fell one vote shy of gaining the endorsement in March. Carona's campaign manager, former state Sen. John Lewis (R-Orange), said the action vindicated the sheriff.
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May 16, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An endorsement of Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona by the county Republican Party will stand, a judge ruled Monday. Orange County Superior Court Judge John M. Watson denied arguments by GOP committee member Tim Whitacre that the endorsement should be voided because of procedural errors. Whitacre is campaign spokesman for a rival sheriff's candidate, Lt. William Hunt.
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March 15, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel
Former Orange County Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl was sentenced Monday to two years' probation, a $40,000 fine and 200 hours of community service for tax fraud. Haidl, a Newport Beach businessman and onetime assistant to convicted former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona, was accused of tax fraud in a scheme to help pay his son's legal bills in a sexual assault case. He was given probation rather than prison time because of his cooperation in the federal corruption case against Carona.
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September 15, 2009 | Tami Abdollah
A onetime assistant sheriff and trusted aide of convicted former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona was sentenced Monday to 27 months in prison for scheming to defraud the public of honest services and filing a false tax return. In a voice husky with emotion, George Jaramillo apologized to the court and said, "I am here to say that I am profoundly sorry for what I have done. While I did not set out to commit crimes, my cavalier and irresponsible mode . . . was criminal." Carona appointed Jaramillo as assistant sheriff in 1999 and fired him in March 2004, after rumors spread that a federal investigation of the Sheriff's Department was underway.
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January 9, 2009 | Christine Hanley
Before beginning deliberations Thursday, jurors in the corruption trial of former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona listened one last time to undercover tapes that prosecutors say capture him plotting to cover up a trail of cash and gifts from Newport Beach millionaire Don Haidl. Assistant U.S. Atty.
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January 8, 2009 | Christine Hanley and Stuart Pfeifer
After months of testimony, national headlines and the profanity-laced audiotapes, the sweeping public corruption case against former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona may end up coming down to the testimony of one man: Don Haidl.
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December 20, 2008 | Christine Hanley
For all its lurid tales and allegations of unchecked greed, the corruption trial of "America's sheriff" fizzled to a close Friday. Michael S. Carona, the highest-ranking law enforcement official to be prosecuted in Orange County, has steadfastly denied charges that he sold the powers of his office for cash and gifts, hawked badges for campaign donations and even took advantage of a deputy's widow by steering her to an attorney friend in a kickback scheme.
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December 12, 2008 | Christine Hanley, Hanley is a Times staff writer.
A retired assistant sheriff testified Thursday that he did not recall the department releasing a drunk-driving defendant from jail at the request of Newport Beach millionaire Don Haidl, a key government witness who made the allegation in the corruption trial of former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona. Kim Markuson was one of five witnesses called by attorneys Brian A.
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December 4, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona has been appointed to a senior advisory committee for President Bush's Department of Homeland Security. Carona will serve on the department's Emergency Services, Law Enforcement and Public Health and Hospitals committee, chief advisor Tom Ridge said Tuesday. Carona, who is also the county's emergency manager, will be one of 14 members representing the nation's emergency preparedness community.
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May 10, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A judge will consider Monday whether to overturn the endorsement of Sheriff Michael S. Carona by the Orange County Republican central committee. Tim Whitacre, a committee member backing Carona rival William Hunt for the June 6 election, sued the committee over the April endorsement, saying it violated party bylaws because candidates must be present for an endorsement vote and Carona wasn't. Superior Court Judge John Watson will hear the suit. William R.
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December 11, 2008 | Christine Hanley, Hanley is a Times staff writer.
As the prosecution drew to a close Wednesday in the federal corruption trial of former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona, defense attorneys acknowledged they were scrambling to line up witnesses. The government's final witness, an FBI agent, took the stand minutes before court adjourned and will be back this morning as prosecutors wrap up nearly seven weeks of testimony. At day's end Wednesday, Assistant U.S. Atty.
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December 10, 2008 | Christine Hanley, Hanley is a Times staff writer
On the witness stand, George Jaramillo has been described as everything from a pickpocket to Satan, a one-time cop with a law degree who appeared thoroughly corrupted by sex, money and power. The former assistant sheriff of Orange County also was expected to be a star government witness at the trial of his former boss Michael S. Carona, who was the county's three-term sheriff until his indictment last year.
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