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June 19, 1997 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The prosecution in the election fraud trial of Republican campaign aide Rhonda Carmony spent nearly two weeks to present its case. The defense took only a full morning Wednesday and called just three witnesses, one of whom invoked his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination. Carmony's attorney, Creighton Laz, called Jeff Flint, the chief of staff to Assembly Minority Leader Curt Pringle (R-Garden Grove), as one of three defense witnesses.
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June 18, 1997 | PETER M. WARREN
The defense begins its case today in the Rhonda Carmony election fraud trial, with Jeff Flint, a top aide to GOP Assembly Minority Leader Curt Pringle (R-Garden Grove), among those on the witness list. Carmony defense lawyer Creighton Laz has said that Flint orchestrated the GOP scheme to place a decoy candidate on the ballot to dilute the Democratic vote in a 1995 special election. Flint, who declined to appear before a grand jury, has said that he did nothing illegal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1997 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Attorney Creighton Laz offers nothing more than a sly smile when asked if his client Rhonda Carmony will testify this week when he presents the defense in her election fraud trial. "You know I can't answer that question," Laz said, as he gathered up his papers in Superior Court last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1997 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
A former campaign worker for Assemblyman Scott Baugh (R-Huntington Beach) testified Monday that he was heeding instructions from defendant Rhonda Carmony when he recruited and then collected signatures for Laurie Campbell to run as a decoy Democratic candidate in a crucial 1995 election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1997 | MARTIN MILLER
A Superior Court judge will review a motion to remove Orange County Dist. Atty. Michael R. Capizzi from prosecuting the campaign fraud case against Assemblyman Scott Baugh (R-Huntington Beach). Judge Daniel J. Didier ruled there was enough merit to defense arguments to reconsider a recusal motion, according to May 1 court documents. A hearing is scheduled for July 18. Didier's decision follows a defense appeal of a Municipal Court judge's ruling in April to deny the recusal motion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1997 | MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge Monday rejected the last two arguments of a motion to disqualify Dist. Atty. Michael R. Capizzi from prosecuting the political fraud case against GOP aide Rhonda J. Carmony. Judge Kazuharu Makino, who had dismissed five of seven defense arguments to recuse Capizzi's office Thursday, said he found the remaining arguments unconvincing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1996
A judge on Thursday set a Dec. 16 trial date for two GOP political aides accused of campaign wrongdoing stemming from last year's 67th Assembly District special election. Rhonda Carmony is charged with three felonies for allegedly helping orchestrate the illegal circulation of petitions on behalf of a decoy Democratic candidate in the election. Maureen Werft faces two felonies for her alleged role in the November 1995 election.
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September 12, 1996 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Orange County Dist. Atty. Michael R. Capizzi said Wednesday that his office intends to reinstate the election fraud charges against Republican Assemblyman Scott R. Baugh that a judge dismissed Tuesday. Making his first public pronouncement on the ruling by Superior Court Judge James L. Smith, Capizzi said the dismissal of 17 of the 22 election fraud counts against Baugh was "a Pyrrhic victory for the defense, and presumably short-lived."
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September 11, 1996 | MICHAEL G. WAGNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County Republicans rejoiced at the ruling Tuesday that largely gutted the criminal case against freshman Assemblyman Scott Baugh for alleged political misconduct. "Wow," said Santa Ana lawyer Michael Schroeder, vice chairman of the California Republican Party, of the scathing six-page ruling that upbraided the district attorney's office for its conduct before the grand jury. "Dist. Atty. Michael R. Capizzi has disgraced himself and his office and should resign," Schroeder said.
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