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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.
November 27, 2008 | Christine Hanley, Hanley is a Times staff writer.
A fiery political watchdog in Orange County testified Wednesday that she schooled former Sheriff Michael S. Carona on campaign finance laws during his first run for office and warned him to look out for laundered contributions aimed at circumventing the local donor limit of $1,000. Shirley Grindle, a former aeronautics engineer who has devoted her retirement to enforcing county campaign rules, said she sat down with Carona in her living room in Orange on Jan.
October 26, 2008 | Christine Hanley and Stuart Pfeifer, Hanley and Pfeifer are Times staff writers.
During nearly a decade as Orange County's sheriff, Michael S. Carona strove to maintain a polished image as a family-oriented, conservative and charismatic crime-fighter who could comfort victims and captivate crowds with his thoughtful words and reverent manner.
Sheriff Brad Gates, who has held public office longer than any other current Orange County official, announced Thursday that he would say goodbye to political office when his sixth term expires next year. But that didn't mean he was bowing out of politics. To the contrary, Gates made it clear that he will work aggressively to ensure that one of his top commanders, Assistant Sheriff Douglas D. Storm, is his successor.
January 26, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer and Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers
Stepping up their defense of former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona, attorneys on Friday asked a federal judge to exclude as evidence secret recordings of conversations between a top aide and Carona in the weeks before he was indicted on corruption charges. One of the seven charges against Carona alleges that he tried to persuade Donald Haidl, his former assistant sheriff and close friend, to withhold information from a federal grand jury.
November 6, 2007 | H.G. Reza and Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers
Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona, his wife and his former mistress pleaded not guilty Monday to federal corruption charges as county leaders prepared to debate the lawman's future amid a cascade of calls for his resignation. Carona's indictment has clouded his future and sent political leaders trying to persuade him to step away from the day-to-day operation of the state's second-largest sheriff's department.
November 3, 2007 | David Reyes and Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers
Turning up the pressure on Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona to step aside, the county's district attorney on Friday urged the county's top lawman to take a leave of absence while he fights sweeping corruption charges. Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas sent a letter to the Board of Supervisors asking them to pass a resolution asking Carona to step aside and appoint a qualified member of his command staff to take over.
February 1, 2006 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
The reelection campaign of Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona is hoping for a major boost Thursday when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger headlines a gala fundraiser for the sheriff in Dana Point. The event is also likely to provide another indicator of the governor's success at mending fences with Republicans, who have been annoyed at the some of his recent actions.
March 16, 2006 | Christine Hanley and Paul Pringle, Times Staff Writers
The state attorney general is investigating whether Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona broke the law by billing his election committee for $130,000 in expenses that he did not itemize on campaign reports. Legal experts said it was unusual for prosecutors to examine campaign spending unless there were questions of possible criminal violations. The state Fair Political Practices Commission handles most alleged campaign violations administratively, or as a civil matter, they noted.
June 9, 2006 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Two Orange County sheriff's employees who supported an unsuccessful challenger to incumbent Sheriff Michael S. Carona in this week's election were demoted Thursday, as internal turmoil continued in the wake of the rancorous race. A lieutenant who supported Lt. William Hunt in the campaign was demoted to sergeant, and a sergeant who backed Hunt was reassigned as an investigator. Hunt supporters criticized the moves as retaliation.
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