Kiddie Porn Case Wrecks Newport Beach Lawyer's Career, Sends Him to Prison

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Kiddie Porn case sends ex-Newport Beach lawyer to prison
Carlton Neil Morse
grew up in Tustin with a loving family, joined the Boy Scouts, became an Eagle Scout and eventually graduated from USC Law School, which helped him land a great job at a Newport Beach law firm.

Life was outwardly great for Morse.

But he couldn't handle his attraction to other men, turned to wine--lots of wine--to mask his fears, and began collecting child pornography on his computer.

Many of the images depicted "vile" sexual abuse of "very young boys," according to court records.

Law enforcement agents discovered the cache because Morse had used a peer-to-peer file sharing program to download the illegal images and a federal grand jury issued an indictment in August 2011.

Morse initially pleaded not guilty, but later signed a plea bargain and, through his criminal defense lawyer, sought a punishment of probation with orders for therapy.

Believing that Morse, 31, may be a future, physical risk to young boys, Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. Keenan sought a term of 96 months in prison and lifetime probation.

But this month, federal Judge Andrew J. Guilford decided to send the lawyer away for 57 months. Morse is presently in custody at the Santa Ana Jail and awaiting transferred to a prison. When he emerges, he'll be subject to seven years of probation.  

The California State Bar stripped Morse, who worked at Irell & Manella, of his license to practice law earlier this year.
 
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eolson82
eolson82

Also, he is very much interested in adults. There is so much gray area when it comes to sexuality, that I don't feel a statistic could accurately apply to any certain individual. He made a mistake. It's not excusable, but I would really suggest that the writer of this article as well as any interested parties do some research on the disease of alcoholism before demonizing a complete stranger. Carlton was deep into his sickness when these events occurred. I can tell you with absolute certainty that as a man who is now 6 months sober, he is a lovely human being who wouldn't hurt a fly. The work we do in Recovery makes us entirely different people than who we are when inundated in untreated disease. Again, I don't feel the need to make excuses for people's behavior. However, as I was privileged enough to call this man a friend, I do feel obligated to clear his name.

eolson82
eolson82

This article is about one of my closest friends. We are both sober in Alcoholics Anonymous. He is not 100% sure about his sexuality. Although it may not seem like it, he is a wonderful, wonderful person and I am going to miss him dearly. He did not hurt anyone.

asciibyxoxoxo
asciibyxoxoxo

The more you know: The punishment for possession of CP is greater than the punishment for actually molesting a child.

macdoodle
macdoodle

This is strange because people who are sexually attracted to  pre pubescent children are almost 100% not attracted to adults. Typically they go for the straight fake marriage  to  hide in or grow their own victims.  Pedophile and Gay is rare!

CRIMECONCERNS
CRIMECONCERNS

An example of why DA Rackauckas should never prosecute federal child porn possession charges or any serious crimes committed against a child... check out the DA's description at http://www.orangecountyda.com/home/index.asp?page=391, page 32, for an accused Shorecliffs Middle School teacher Richard Rack, with a pretrial conference schedule for today, 9/14/12. Instead of describing the 5 felony and 2 misdemeanor counts involving sex crimes allegedly committed against a minor child, Rack's name is never referenced in the DA's description and a murder crime is referenced.... both murder and sex crimes of any type are serious but is the public served when this type of incompetence confuses the public????? Was Richard Rack wrongfully charged and this is the way the DA paves a way for Rack to collect some type of insurance payout? Or will Rack be mistakenly labeled a child predator in the OC jail and murder is planned soon therafter. Just love the safe Orange County, California.... the only people that can survive are corrupt attorneys and a DA that needs a public integrity review board.

CRIMECONCERNS
CRIMECONCERNS

Thanks again to the OC Weekly's tenacity as it relates to informing the public in the interests of justice and protections of children. This conviction falls into the same pattern as the porn crimes committed by David Andrew Lewis and William Franklin Blackhall. The public still does not know why Lewis is now facing a federal court proceeding after serving an alleged prison sentence for child porn possession, yet, Blackhall had 1000 child porn photos and DA Rackauckas only charged him with ONE COUNT--this smells! Obviously the USDOJ and FBI are competent and accountable for investigating and prosecuting child pornography crimes. Carlton N. Morse, who was practicing with a prominent law firm, Irell & Manella, based on public records at the California State Bar website, www.calbar.ca.gov had at least 5 years as a licensed attorney but his career is now over, unless of course, someone comes to his rescue. My only question is WHY THE SECRECY up until now? Kent and Jill Easter, attorneys formerly employed by prominent law firms, Stradling Yocca and now Carlton Morse from Irell & Manella.... attorneys that took an oath to act as officers of the court. Something is very wrong when politically connected attorneys can hide serious child exploitation crimes from public disclosure. Granted, one is always innocent until convicted.... but that has never stopped DA Rackauckas and his motor mouth Chief of Staff SKS from public grandstanding via public defamation of those accused of crimes awaiting a fair and unobstructed trial in a court of law. They provide drama to anyone who will listen when an arrest is made but many times as the evidence reveals itself, a serious crime against a child case disappears from the DA's Cases in the News list at www.orangecountyda.com, and accused individuals are left in the Orange County jail getting three meals a day, rent free -- thanks to California taxpayers. DA Rackauckas now wants to institute some type of public integrity review board.... sounds like an insurance company is concerned about future payouts. If the prosecuting government agency in one of the most affluent counties in the US needs a check on public integrity, every child, adult and employee in Orange County, California is at risk.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

K@eolson82 I have covered court cases in OC for many years. There was nothing in my report that "demonized" Morse so FU for attempting to make me the bad guy when I had nothing to do with this lawyer's illegal conduct, arrest, conviction and prison trip.

daviddicostanzo
daviddicostanzo

 @macdoodle Pedophile and Gay are NOT rare. You hear of it all the time. The only people that make this false claim are the male homos.

JackGrimshaw
JackGrimshaw

 @CRIMECONCERNS

 ... motor-mouth chief of staff S(usan)K(ang)S(Schroeder)? LOL! Easy to see why you're using a nom de plume ...

eolson82
eolson82

The FU is really unnecessary and childish. I actually did really enjoy your coverage of the Sheriff Corona case, if my memory serves me correctly. You can easily have a discussion with me in which I will gladly hear your side of the story, without insulting me or being unprofessional. Please grow up.  @rscottmoxley  @eolson82 

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@eolson82 @rscottmoxley In your rush to defend a person guilty of child porn crimes you tried to smear me as demonizing Mr. Morse. That cheap shot deserves a FU. How dare you try to find another villain in this affair other than the person who committed the crime.

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