Ex-Orange County Sheriff Lt. Bill Hunt Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

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Hunt fought a corrupt system and won
Former Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) Lt. Bill Hunt, who was targeted for harassment and career sabotage in 2006 by then-Sheriff Mike Carona and his goons, has won a litigation settlement of nearly $1.96 million, according to county records.

Hunt--who served the city of San Clemente as its popular police chief in his OCSD role and bravely but unsuccessfully challenged Carona in an election as unfit to continue serving as sheriff after a series of embarrassing corruption scandals--must also be reinstated in the department at his former rank. The re-hiring move is a formality, however. Hunt, who nowadays runs his own in-demand Orange County private investigations company, gets his government job back for pension reasons and must retire after one day, according to records.

The deal, which was approved by the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, requires the county to pay Hunt more than $318,000 in back pay, contribute more than $940,000 into his retirement account and pay $700,000 to his legal team at Silver, Hadden, Silver, Wexler & Levine.

After Carona defeated Hunt in 2006, he immediately began a series of brazenly retaliatory actions against his more ethical underling, including stripping him of power and transferring him to patrol duty in a dangerous, gang-infested area of Stanton.

The election victory was bittersweet for Carona, who first won office in 1998 by secretly accepting bribes and massive illegal campaign contributions from Don Haidl, a wealthy Rancho Cucamonga used car salesman. Haidl's financial generosity won him a powerful assistant sheriff title though he didn't have one minute of law enforcement training--an outrage that California's Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) shamefully ignored. The sheriff ended up arrested by the FBI and IRS Criminal Division for corruption, losing a jury trial and being sentenced to serve 66 months in a federal prison. Haidl, who died in December, got nailed for income tax evasion but served no prison time because he eventually turned government witness against Carona.

The settlement ends four years of county officials trying to defend Carona's indefensible conduct against Hunt.

Though a convicted criminal locked in a Colorado federal prison, Carona continues to enjoy the benefits of an insane county retirement system that forces taxpayers to pay the 57-year-old, disgraced ex-sheriff more than $20,000 (plus regular cost-of-living increases) every month for the rest of life.

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waltersmall
waltersmall

Good Job Shawn Nelson way to take care of your boy.....god  knows there's only so much money to be made doing stalking jobs for Tony Baloney.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

"county officials trying to defend Carona's indefensible conduct against Hunt"  <--------- And therein lies the "problemo". What occurs in this County is impossible without collusion from above. And I don't mean Jesus. 

Ben Garcia
Ben Garcia

Detective Jayson Lewis is a disgrace to your department in Huntington Beach police. He falsified his report and made False statements in court. I ask internal affairs to investigate Jayson Lewis regarding People vs Garcia currently in trial in Santa Ana, Ca. I have subpoena 911 calls and recorded messages from his interview with Garcia and alleged victims and he fabricated his report with blatant lies. Jayson Lewis is tampering with evidence and many recordings are missing. He needs to be fired immediately in the interest of justice. I will sue the city and the police department if he is not fired and charged with criminal charges for his conduct. 951-616-7733

None
None

These days "law enforcement" is just as bad as the criminals they are supposedly protecting us from. They have become a pension mafia holding us all hostage. Until the money runs out that is.

Tina Monarrez
Tina Monarrez

How many lawsuits will be awarded before Departments change their ways?

sheer_madness
sheer_madness

Carona still gets 20K a month for committing felonies on the job? It'd be a real shame if something happened to that guy.

Art Guevara
Art Guevara

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Art Guevara
Art Guevara

Congratulations Bill from the Guevara's Family I hope the person that has to pay for this is not Tax Payer Money and is pay by Carona

ABartlett
ABartlett

So happy to see this. This was long overdue.

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

Good job Bill.  Hope to see you on the ballot for some office in the future.  We need more elected officials like you in office. 

ocdeputydawg
ocdeputydawg

@Ben Garcia What does this have to do with the Article?

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tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"How many times have we told you that we don't speak Spanish here".

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