Dirty Ex-Sheriff Mike Carona Loses Bid For Prison Sentence Reduction

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Sheriff Carona at the height of his power
Two years into his 66-month prison sentence, ex-Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona hoped this week that a federal judge would reduce his punishment in the aftermath of a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling involving bribery and honest service corruption cases.

But today inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford issued a three-page ruling that declared Carona's arguments meritless and left the punishment intact.

"[I] specifically made a factual finding in 2009 and today again make such a finding that [Carona's] crime involved instances of honest services fraud of the type that survived the Supreme Court's limitations in Skilling v. United States," Guilford wrote.

The judge went further, adding that even if the Skilling case had applied he would still declare the 66-month sentence appropriate given the flagrant abuse of power.

"[Carona] was the highest elected officer in Orange County," Guilford declared at the 2009 sentencing hearing. "And with that, of course, came power. That's the kind of power that sheriffs have, and that's the kind of power sheriffs should have, that's the kind of power sheriffs must have, but that's the kind of power sheriffs can only have if we are vigilant in upholding the integrity of the office."

To those potent words, the judge added today, "Skilling has not changed this focus. The Court finds that the defendant's 66-month sentence would be amply justified under all the [sentencing factors]' even if the guideline ranges were modified."

With the assistance of the FBI and the IRS Criminal Division, two U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors--Brett Sagel and Ken Julian--proved during a three-month trial that Carona, once the most powerful Republican politician in Southern California, repeatedly lobbied a witness to perjury himself if called to testify at a federal grand jury investigating the sheriff's acceptance of bribes while running the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Guilford's sentencing speech was historic because it firmly held the ex-sheriff accountable for his criminal conduct in a county where previous judges (at all levels) have largely ignored law enforcement corruption.

Carona's home nowadays is a federal prison in Colorado, but, thanks to a ridiculously generous public employee benefit system, the 57-year-old convict continues to collect more than $20,000 a month in taxpayer-funded, pension pay--and will do so (plus cost of living increases) for the rest of his life.


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vampster420
vampster420

you should send that money to a quadriplegic @ shilohsoftware.com

20K/mo really? and he disuaded people's trust while in office... sorry I disagree!

thanksfortheemail
thanksfortheemail

Fuck that mother fucking piece of fucking shit Mike Carona.  He and his butt buddy Michael Schroeder and their dominatrix Susan Kang Schroeder can suck my left fucking nut.  They are all royal fucking hunks of shit. I am so glad that mother fucker is spending his time in jail.  Fuck Carona.  Fuck the Schroeders, and fuck Orange County politics.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"Carona's home nowadays is a federal prison in Colorado, but, thanks to a ridiculously generous public employee benefit system, the 57-year-old convict continues to collect more than $20,000 a month in taxpayer-funded, pension pay--and will do so (plus cost of living increases) for the rest of his life".

Since he's a criminal cop then why is this still being paid to him while he's in prison, he never gave the people that he arrested the same. This needs to be severely cut.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

What integrity of the office, he violated that integrity and he deserves the same punishment that he meted out to others and totally ignored them. Cops are criminals while they are ON DUTY and they are violating the laws while they are on duty. That picture makes him look like the buffoon and cad that he was and is.

Gregory Moran
Gregory Moran

another rich and powerful man who thinks he's better than everyone, even petty crooks of which he is one ...

briansays
briansays

its the i'm a big shot gop'er with a lot of friends still who have been forced to hide out defense

ocsurfgirl
ocsurfgirl

At least we don't have to look at the back of his stupid, bald head at every Pac Amp concert.

Bobby Probst
Bobby Probst

He should get the death penalty! Crook!!!

alysiaw10
alysiaw10

Carona was an arrogant Ass and just plain rude. I have met few people with such an over inflated sense of self importance and entitlement that this Scumbag Piece of Shit. I remember how embarrassed all of my OC Sheriff friends felt when this guy would pull his Mickey Mouse Mafia BS while wearing his uniform. One friend (now a Lieutenant) used to tell me about how you can tell a Cop's character by how his shoes looked...I always remember the next time I ran into Carona, his shoes looked like someone rubbed dogshit all over them...Dont drop the soap, Mike!!!


18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Not a good sign when the "originals" put themselves in federal prison before I even get a chance to start. 

Lajimmy
Lajimmy

Ha, ha, ha,............just another hero..............

Rita Fen
Rita Fen

he won't be worried to get a job after his confinement. He has to put his $$ in Swiss bank.

Johnnie Nguyen
Johnnie Nguyen

the 57-year-old convict continues to collect more than $20,000 a month in taxpayer-funded, pension pay--and will do so (plus cost of living increases) for the rest of his life. This is unbelievable!

Jennifer Patalsky
Jennifer Patalsky

Good. He and his cronies deserve everything they are getting and I can think of a few other OC govt officials that need a house to fall on them, too!

Vickie Perez
Vickie Perez

Yes, he should stay and do his time. What an disgrace to OC!!

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