Anthony Nicholas Orban, Cop Who Hung Self After Rape Conviction, May Still Be Sentenced

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

Perhaps they will sentence war veteran-turned-Westminster cop-turned-brutal rapist Anthony Nicholas Orban over his dead body. Literally. The detective who kidnapped and raped a waitress at gunpoint in April 2010 and was convicted and hung himself in jail in October 2012 could--over the objections of his defense attorney--be sentenced this summer.

"I can't comprehend how you can go ahead and sentence someone who is dead," his attorney James Blatt reportedly said in court.

Blatt says he does not want Judge Shahla S. Shabet to dismiss the case but to simply allow his late client's conviction to stand and then take the matter off the court calendar, according to an Associated Press report on Friday's West Valley Superior Court hearing in Rancho Cucamonga.

But Shabet said in open court, "Our system needs to close this case either through dismissal or sentencing." She then set a July 2 hearing to allow Blatt the time to find similar cases that were resolved in any other way, otherwise sentencing will commence.

The decision had Blatt shaking his head outside the courtroom.

"There is no one to sentence, there is no one to order restitution to," he reportedly said. "... This is not in the best interest of the dignity of the court system."

Orban's victim, identified by the media only as Erinn, would like to see the dead detective sentenced, although she wishes it would have been done already.

"I'm a little disappointed that it got postponed again," she reportedly said after the hearing. "I really just want it to be over. "

The detective had been drinking with a Chino prison guard pal all day April 3, 2010, before the cop kidnapped Erinn, a waitress who'd just ended her shift at Dave and Buster's, an Ontario Mills mall restaurant. Pointing his service weapon at Erinn and leaving his male friend behind, Orban took the single mom to a Fontana self-storage lot where he brutally raped her. He later fled but left the Westminster Police Department gun he'd just shoved into Erinn's mouth behind. That led to Orban being identified and arrested. He was later kicked off the force.

The defense tried to argue Orban suffered temporary insanity due to a cocktail of drugs he was prescribed, including Zoloft and Neurontin, to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by Marine combat duty in Iraq before he returned to the U.S. The jury did not buy it.

The 32-year-old was due in West Valley Superior Court for a 1:30 p.m. Oct. 26, 2012, hearing tied to defense allegations of jury tampering. But San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies had found Orban hanging in his cell that morning, and the coroner later confirmed it was suicide.

Shabet allowed that day's hearing to continue so Erinn could deliver her victim's impact statement, something the sentencing delays had prevented.

See also:

Anthony Nicholas Orban, Ex-Westminster Cop Who Kidnapped and Raped Waitress, Found Dead in Jail Cell
Anthony Nicholas Orban, Ex-Westminster Cop, Guilty of Violent Rape
Anthony Nicholas Orban, Rapist Cop, Has Juror Misconduct Allegation Delay His Sentencing
Police Report Details Rape Allegations Against Westminster Police Detective

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This is one stupid judge.  Dismiss the case already.  The guy is dead so the case should be done, stop wasting our precious resources on a dead defendant.  Any intelligent concerned citizen can see that justice has been served.  This dirty cop was prosecuted to the full extent of the law and when he's dead there's nothing left to do, next case.


This is one stupid judge.  Why won't the case just be dismissed?  The guy is dead so the case should be done, stop wasting our precious resources on a dead defendant.  Any intelligent concerned citizen can see that justice has been served.


One simple question.... did attorney Blatt file a CERTIFIED DEATH CERTIFICATE on behalf of his deceased client, Anthony Orban? This case is similar to Orange County defense attorney Gary Pohlson's client, Carlos Tello, who jumped to his alleged death from the 9th floor of the OC courthouse after he was convicted of lewd and lascivious crimes in the Fullerton branch of the Orange County Superior Court.

Years after Carlos Tello jumped to his death, a court hearing was held..... something smells about BOTH of these cases.  OOOPS.... almost forgot, John Derek Chamberlain was murdered in the OC jail on October 5, 2006 after awaiting trial for possession of child pornography....Chamberlain's criminal child porn case has been totally removed from the Orange County Superior Court website at; however, Chamberlain's battery against co-habitant charges that occurred in July 2006 are still posted at the court's website.....  WTF is going on in this world?

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