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July 4, 1993
This letter is in response to the article "Orange County Jury Lacks Diversity, Critics Say" (June 28). In 1979, an Orange County Superior Court judge, with my permission, submitted my name as an applicant to the Orange County Grand Jury, At that time I was 30 years old, a graduate of UCLA and I had taught English at Spurgeon Junior High School in Santa Ana. I was enrolled at Cal State Fullerton pursuing a biology degree, but I was willing to...
September 10, 1989
On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will consider the county's response to 1988-89 Orange County Grand Jury reports critical of the county's reliance on outside legal representation and the adequacy of its review of millions of dollars in billings from private lawyers. In their response, county officials agreed that closer scrutiny of those contracts is needed but rejected the grand jury's recommendation to prohibit the hiring of former county attorneys to handle county cases.
January 20, 1991
The Jan. 6 article regarding former county Supt. of Schools Robert Peterson ("Peterson Leaves the Office but Not the Arena") included quotations from Peterson regarding the Orange County Grand Jury system. These statements attributed to Peterson are without truth or foundation. The grand juries in Orange County have been providing an outstanding and nonpolitical oversight responsibility based on factual investigation for more than 100 years. Peterson's comments are not only false and misleading but do a disservice to every individual who ever sat on a county grand jury.
November 22, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The number of applicants for the Orange County Grand Jury fell this year, a court official said. Only 32 people have applied compared with previous years when more than 170 applications were received, Carole Levitzky, a court spokeswoman, said Wednesday. Jurors review government agencies, schools and special districts. Applications may be obtained by calling the grand jury hotline at (714) 834-6747 or requesting one at The deadline to submit an application is Jan. 11, 2008.
December 28, 1995
Testimony before the Orange County Grand Jury reveals new details about what happened both before and after the county's massive investment losses were disclosed in December last year: "Matt said, 'Bob had told me about his psychic and Bob had a mail-order astrologist that gave him interest rate predictions and a psychic he consulted.' I thought we were in a lot deeper problem than anyone could possibly imagine."
June 19, 1988
In your article concerning the resignation of Phillip Schwartze from the Local Agency Formation Commission (May 19), you stated that the grand jury concluded that there was no basis to press charges against Schwartze. This information was no doubt taken from your article of March 5. Unfortunately, that information was incorrect and the grand jury was in error not to have corrected it at that time. For the record, it had been said that the administration committee of the grand jury was still looking into the matter and that a decision had not been made concerning the conflict-of-interest charges against Schwartze.
August 4, 1985
I can appreciate the requirement of brevity in news reporting. However, a short editorial or several short stories provide the reader with little or no factual knowledge of the Orange County Grand Jury's composition, expertise and investigations. The 1984-85 grand jury was composed of 19 competent Orange Countians chosen from more than 300 applicants. Those who applied were thoroughly investigated by the district attorney's office, and the 30 best prospects were selected by a committee of Superior Court judges.
Maurice Gerald Steskal, the Lake Forest man accused of killing an Orange County sheriff's deputy last month, entered a plea of not guilty at his arraignment on Monday, authorities said. The Orange County Grand Jury has charged the 39-year-old unemployed laborer with gunning down deputy Brad Riches outside a Lake Forest convenience store. If convicted, Steskal could face the death penalty.
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