U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Review Ex-Sheriff Mike Carona's Corruption Conviction

images.jpg
Dirty OC sheriff before arrest
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused a request by Mike Carona, Orange County's onetime mighty sheriff turned federal-prison inmate, to review and possibly overturn his January 2009 corruption conviction.

The high court's April 30 decision essentially leaves Carona in his federal-prison cell in Colorado for the remainder of the 66-month sentence issued by disgusted U.S. District Judge Andrew Guilford.

It also puts the finishing touches on the ex-sheriff's laughably deceitful cries that he, a Republican, is the victim of a political smear campaign.

Please note that Republican FBI agents, Republican federal prosecutors, a Republican federal judge, an all-Republican appointed Ninth Circuit appellate panel and now a Republican-dominated Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., brought the charges against Carona or ruled against him in the appeals process.

"I'm delighted, in the end, that Carona's conviction and 66-month sentence has been upheld after all the appeals, which confirmed that the government acted ethically, legally and appropriately throughout the case," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett A. Sagel.

Carona was incensed that FBI and IRS agents surreptitiously recorded him discussing plots to manipulate justice for self-serving ends. The sheriff argued that by not getting his permission for the bugs, the government behaved unethically and the recordings shouldn't be introduced as prosecution evidence. Guilford and a long series of Republican justices have dismissed the claim as weak.

The sheriff's sensational trial revealed his efforts to thwart a federal grand jury probe into corruption at the top levels of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. It also exposed bribes and gifts from individuals seeking secret favors from the powerful law-enforcement agency and that used-car salesman Don Haidl had helped to put Carona into office in 1999 with a massive, illegal campaign-funding scheme. Carona rewarded Haidl, who had no police training, with full police powers and the rank of assistant sheriff over the then-$800 million-per-year agency.

Go HERE to read one of my recent updates about Carona's prison life.

Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!

My Voice Nation Help
12 comments
former Sta 18 veteran
former Sta 18 veteran

Carona got exactly what he deserved the the dishonor and disgrace he brought to the office of Sheriff. His legacy will be that of a corrupt Sheriff.I'm glad he is in prison just like his protegen Jaramillo who was a weasel and a poor excuse for a Asst Sheriff.Neither of them will be missed.

Thecanimalshusband
Thecanimalshusband

As a public servant who selflessly served the public, Carona will receive a full pension with free lifetime medical benefits.

Westside Activist
Westside Activist

Too bad Carona's money and influence got him off from the rest of the felony charges originally filed against him. It still burns my ass that this FELON, convicted of a crime while in office, will still get his massive retirement benefits for life courtesy of us taxpayers! With all the crap propositions put on the ballots over the years why couldn't someone have written one to strip these benefits from those that abuse their power while in office? I'd also like to see one that limits all government employees to no more than $50,000 per year in retirement. That's still more than most of us will get. If they want more let them open a 401(K) like non politicians. Those that are getting these $200,000+ yearly retirement checks are bigger crooks than anyone now in prison for robbing any bank or store.

Slyviav0076
Slyviav0076

I think he belongs in State Prison instead of Federal....History of these gangsters tends to repeat itself & he & his wife stole money from my family & the OC Families who actually pay taxes everywhere we go we pay & pay & pay & i am really sick & tired of this government that is not being held accountable by the people i guess there is no time to care anymore about what is really going on here & everywhere....like mine & used all of the money for personal gain & to influence the courts & the Sheriffs to make money by creating false arrests as well...Does anybody really know what's happening here????These fools are PLAYING WITH JUSTICE & DESERVE TO BE SHOT>>>>>OR HUNG>>>>

Smitty92707
Smitty92707

Let us all take a moment and laugh our azz off. May he find a nice husband.

R. J. Steelworth
R. J. Steelworth

The free medical benefits is urban myth. By far the vast majority of public retirees have to pay for 100% of their medical insurance.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Well, more or less unfortunately, ex-law enforcement are sequestered from general population.

Streets
Streets

Yup,...... got to keep the real gangs segregated...........

Bill T.
Bill T.

Nice thought, though ...

Mikey Robinson
Mikey Robinson

What really sucks is he gets to keep his pension. So we will be paying for him the rest of his life either way. Are system is skewed so heavily to the side of corrupt public workers.

Now Trending

Anaheim Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

General

Loading...