Bombshell Court Ruling: OC Deputy Unfairly Demoted For Telling Truth About Corruption Under Mike Carona

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Skippy in paradise
A California judge has ruled that Sheriff Mike Carona violated state law by committing "egregious and despicable" retaliation inside the Orange County Sheriff's Department against one of his 2006 election opponents: Lieutenant Bill Hunt who campaigned on restoring integrity to the agency and found himself severely demoted hours after the contest.

"The court finds that there is an abundance of evidence to establish malice," wrote Orange County Superior Court Judge David T. McEachen in his Dec. 6 ruling. "Department officials, at the direction of Carona, set out to destroy Hunt's candidacy by directly attacking his friends and supporters."

Humiliated by Carona's orchestrated harassment and demotion to street patrol, Hunt--a popular police chief in San Clemente--eventually quit, sued for the sabotage to his exemplary OCSD career and launched a successful private detective company. 

Carona--a man who told the wives of his subordinates to call his penis "The Little Sheriff," partied with Las Vegas organized crime associates in a Newport Beach bar, used morally corrupt air squad deputies to harass questioning journalists and was arrested for corruption by the FBI and IRS after the 2006 race--is presently serving a 66-month federal prison sentence in Colorado.

In an attempt to give Hunt justice, McEachen ordered the OCSD to hand him back his high-ranking job and give him more than $280,619 in back pay plus $50,000 in penalties. The county will also have to reimburse him for his lawyer fees.

"Never before had a person with Hunt's experience, rank and exemplary record been demoted from a command position to a street patrol deputy," observed the Gov. Pete Wilson-appointed judge, who also stated that Carona had violated California's Peace Officers' Bill of Rights by punishing the lieutenant for making constitutionally-protected political statements. "This court's findings will contribute to the restoration of Hunt's highly respected name."

By the way, one other group deserves public ridicule for its conduct in the matter. Even though they knew Carona was a scumbag, Orange County's board of supervisors--like John Moorlach--supported his retaliation against Hunt, a Laguna Hills resident. They could have done the right thing years ago by dropping their efforts to thwart justice in court, but they didn't. 

Forgotten the shame Carona brought to Orange County? 

Go HERE and go HERE for the memories.

Though the ex-sheriff is a convicted felon, taxpayers are paying him more than $20,000 a month in public employee pension benefits even while he's in prison and will do so for as long as he lives.

He won't have to pay a dime for causing the Hunt mess.

(The only newspaper that reported Hunt's plight was the OC Weekly: HERE.)

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18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Now if the Orange County Superior Court can figure out which law enforcement agency defrauded them in my "don't use false name or date of birth" conviction it will be a nicer year. 

ABartlett
ABartlett

Gotta hand it to Supervisor Moorlach, he blew it by pushing for Hutchens as Sheriff and he then he sided with Carona on this issue.  Luckily he will going off the BOS next year.

Francis Chavando
Francis Chavando

I don't like Bill Hunt. Judging by the debates while he was running for sheriff, he's a right wing wacko. But, Carona's actions are obviously deplorable. Good to see he's serving time and behind bars where he belongs, and a more or less happy ending for Hunt.

JohnOetken
JohnOetken

The wheels of justice move very slowly. It is about time Bill Hunt got some vindication for his heroic fight against the corrupt establishment in Orange County. He should have been appointed Sheriff, cleaned house, and established order according to his oath which he clearly kept and promised to keep as Sheriff. Instead we get the establishment appointment Hutchens who does not even know how to honor her oath to the Constitutions of California and the US. The system in Orange County is still rotten to the core. I hope Bill Hunt takes his job back, runs for Sheriff, and rocks this county from within.

Katie Pyle
Katie Pyle

He should be paying 20k a month, not the other way around!

Whophantom
Whophantom

Bill Hunt for Sheriff next election!

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Why does this guy still get a pension and why havent anyone that assisted him in destroying Hunts name and career been brought to justice?

mbw2
mbw2

@paullucas714 Exactly. What DO you have to do to lose your pension, if using the powers of your office to commit a Federal felony isn't enough?

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

@paullucas714 Because a significant number of Orange County politicians and law enforcement leaders care more about their "Orange County housewife" lifestyle than the oath that came with the job. Of course, while residing in federal prison the "error in judgement" will become more apparent.

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