Todd Spitzer Calls For "Thorough" OC Judicial Sex Probe Investigation

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Spitzer: We're watching
Newly-elected Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer has requested that the county's Office of Independent Review (OIR) monitor a probe into whether a superior court judge committed any crimes involving a possible quid pro quo sexual affair.

"I want to make sure that the investigation is thorough," Spitzer told OC Weekly. "So, I've talked to the sheriff and to (OIR Executive Director) Stephen Connolly about it. We need to know what happened."

He says his request wasn't to imply he questions the competence of Sheriff Sandra Hutchens' department as it investigates the activities of Judge Scott Steiner.

"I don't," said Spitzer.

Rather, he says, he wants to ensure that "the board of supervisors is not caught off guard and then we have another Carlos Bustamante or [John Derek] Chamberlain situation."

Bustamante, a onetime rising star in Orange County Republican politics and a county manager, is facing a future criminal trial involving his alleged sexual relations with a series of lower-ranking female employees. County officials knew of Bustamante's issues but delayed taking any corrective action. 

In the case of Chamberlain, the pre-trial detainee was savagely beaten to death for more than 30 minutes in view of jail deputies who claim they saw nothing and did not green light the killing. A probe into that murder found gross county mismanagement and incompetence.


In the wake of the probe, Steiner was quietly transferred from Orange County's central courthouse to less weighty tasks at Fullerton Court.

He hired a feisty, high-priced, veteran criminal defense lawyer and has declined all interviews.

The Orange County District Attorney's office learned of questions about Steiner's activities from Chapman University officials on Feb. 26 and immediately recused itself. With the help of District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, Steiner won election to the bench in 2010 after a long, successful career as a local prosecutor. Rackauckas referred the case to the California Attorney General's office, which--if there's ever an arrest--will handle trial duties. Multiple sources say they've already been contacted by AG investigators or sheriff's detectives.

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Spitzer--who has served as a prosecutor with Steiner, worked as a Republican state assemblyman, had a previous stint as a member of the board of supervisors and has made no secret of his desire to someday become DA--says transparency is critical.

He said, "The public needs to know that the Office of Independent Review and the board of supervisors is watching the investigation."

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briansays
briansays

a sex "probe""??

a devil you!!!

SteinerforGovernor
SteinerforGovernor

Let's get over these silly scandals and focus on the real crimes in this county.  There is no allegation that the sex was not voluntary so what's the big deal?  The news media must think that we all want to live vicariously through these types of scandals.  Get over it. Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Bill Clinton...the list goes on to include some of our best.  Steiner is one of the best in the OC judiciary.  There has been no crime and there is nothing to see here.  Just move along people... 

RodFan
RodFan

Spritzer is OC's biggest "Tool"

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

The fact that the BOS and OIR or anyone in the OC Power Structure is watching is the problem. This corrupt organization has always covered for their friends to cover their own backsides. It should be farmed out to someone at the CA DOJ to protect the integrity of the investigation and p prevent any obstruction of justice.

Curious
Curious

It is unfortunate for Todd Spitzer that he is forced to deal with the Board of Supes, until he at least enters the OC District Attorney election, with intent to clean up the corruption in the OC.  The current Board of Supes have muddied the waters for too many years and for anyone with any respect for the oath taken as an elected official, Mr. Spitzer may soon find that there are many more SURPRISES in the OC that  outweigh the Dorner and/or Chamberlain disasters.  Someone needs to find out who continually removes cases from the public court records at www.occourts.org -- one example being John Derek Chamberlain's child porn case that has suddenly disappeared from online court records, despite the fact that the convicted OC jail inmates' pending appeal.  Someone wants the public to remain uninformed as to the chronology of events in Chamberlain's criminal porn charges, the charges that led to his incarceration and "alleged" beating death in the OC jail. 

Mr. Spitzer.... wishing you the best of luck dealing with the webs of deceit and cover-up's in the OC, while your Supervisor colleagues played the ostrich, pretending they care about the people they were elected to serve.

Cottonwood
Cottonwood

The smirk on his face really bothers me.

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