David Lloyd Cass Due Back in Court to Resolve Ex-Deputy's Jail Sex/Bribery Case

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

See Update No. 2 at the end of this post on former deputy David Lloyd Cass being due back in court regarding the deadlocked counts. Update No. 1 was on the jury acquitting him of a bribery charge and having jurors deadlock on a second bribery count and a charge of being an accessory after the fact.

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Prosecutor: One deputy is responsible for making Orange County Jail a pleasure palace for killer
ORIGINAL POST, JULY 8, 7:45 A.M.: After enduring an eight-plus-hour, closing argument from a hard-charging defense lawyer representing a former Orange County deputy accused in a jailhouse bribery scam, Senior Deputy District Attorney Aleta Bryant stood and, though clearly relieved at the chance to finally speak, remained silent.

Instead, Bryant slowly scanned the faces of the eight women and four men on a jury that had listened to a near endless, blistering attack on alleged weakness of the government's case by Lewis Rosenblum, defense attorney for defendant David Lloyd Cass.

Bryant's somewhat disjointed, opening statement several weeks ago wasn't her best work, but she gained confidence at the end of the trial.

When she finally spoke after the defense rested, the prosecutor didn't contain her indignation.

Bryant called Rosenblum's work "a distraction and a smokescreen" from, as she sees it, the unassailable, documented willingness of Cass to allow Stephenson Choi Kim, a sociopath killer inmate, secret privileges--sex dates, special cuisine, personal cell phone use and drug access--in exchange for bribes.

Rosenblum's strategy, she declared, should be called the "look away defense."

In his final hour addressing the jury, the defense attorney--a former, high-ranking prosecutor--posted four charts with his handwritten points outlining 50 reasons jurors should find "reasonable doubt" in the state's case.

Bryant was not impressed, particularly on Rosenblum's charges that she'd been unethical.

"I'm not making things up," she said, and then reminded jurors of transcript details that support her claims.

Bryant accused her courtroom opponent of slyly bolstering his arguments by using only portions of witness statements or by taking complete statements out of context.

While acknowledging Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) jail operations have been embarrassingly incompetent, the prosecutor also defended the department's investigation into how Kim possessed illegal contraband in his cell, a fact uncovered during a New Year's Ever 2011 raid.

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OCSD Investigator James Karr concluded that Cass--who had extensive, suspicious phone and email contact with Kim's sex partner--aided the couple's exploits, including a drug smuggling operation as well as potentially 30 dates involving anal, oral and vaginal sex in the jail's public visitor's area.

Incredibly, the inmate--who is now serving a 300-year prison sentence for a vicious, gang-related, mass shooting in Cypress--and Ha Duc Nguyen, his wife, shot iPhone porno videos inside the jail supposedly without on-duty deputies knowing.

On a jail phone line recorded by OCSD, Nguyen--a college graduate who taught English in Japan and lost her virginity to Kim in the jail visitor's area--repeatedly urged the killer to defecate in her mouth during a visit because she thought the experience would be "hot."

To Rosenblum--who introduced the defecation evidence, Cass has been unfairly charged because Kim and Nguyen are deranged liars, but Bryant wouldn't concede any point of contention.

"View the defense arguments with extreme caution," she advised the citizens' panel.

Jurors will begin deliberations today inside Superior Court Judge Patrick H. Donahue's 11th floor, Santa Ana courtroom.

If convicted, Cass--who has served the country as a U.S. Marine--could face several years in state prison.

Kim wasn't punished for his jail crimes and Nguyen, who has admitted guilt, is hoping her aid to Bryant will convert a potential prison punishment of decades into her release from custody on July 25.

She told jurors she broke up with Kim in January.

UPDATE NO. 1, JULY 10, 12:10 P.M.: Jurors this morning acquitted former Orange County sheriff's deputy David Lloyd Cass of one bribery charge.

The jury also deadlocked on a second bribery count and a charge of being an accessory after the fact.

UPDATE NO. 2, JULY 10, 3:47 P.M.: David Lloyd Cass is due back in court in Santa Ana on Aug. 8, when the possibility of retrying him on a bribery count and accessory charge will be discussed.

Jurors deliberated about two days before deadlocking 7-5 in favor of acquittal on the bribery count involving tickets to a Los Angeles Kings hockey game and a gift card, and 8-4 for acquittal on the accessory-after-the-fact. The jury voted unanimously to acquit on the bribery count involving seeking introductions to women and being given VIP treatment at coffee houses where waitresses were scantily dressed.

"I'm very grateful for the verdict," defense attorney Lew Rosenblum told City News Service's Paul Anderson. "Half the case is gone now ... and a majority of jurors believe my
client did nothing wrong."

Deputy District Attorney Aleta Bryant declined to comment on whether a new trial will be sought, Anderson also reported. The prosecutor had argued Cass had done what no other deputy assigned to the jail had: "turning out the lights so Stephenson Choi Kim and his legal-runner/wife could have sexual relations."

Rosenblum claimed Kim's wife Ha Duc Nguyen lied under oath to win a plea deal from prosecutors in pleading guilty to trying to help her husband escape from custody, drug sales to another inmate and bribing a law enforcement official.

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41 comments
Tammy Seay
Tammy Seay

So discouraging... I wonder if the jury was pressured, since there is so much corruption crime, pressuring a jury does seem out of bounds for the OCSD.

Whophantom
Whophantom

OC Register reporting jury acquitted Deputy

Jo Miyake
Jo Miyake

The girl should be locked up just for the fact she wants a guy to poop in her mouth.

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

Poop is bad, mkay childrens. 

danieljackson1272
danieljackson1272

Just another example of how scumbag OC juries will NEVER convict law enforcement of anything. If they wouldn't convict Kelly Thomas' killers, or the douche cop who sexually assaulted a stripper while on duty in his patrol car, there's no conduct, no matter how egregious or shocking, that these fucktard juries won't rubber-stamp.

Melody Cantrell
Melody Cantrell

Slimeballs...all of them. The perverted deputy, attorney, jurors... I'm disgusted. This system is a joke

949girl
949girl topcommenter

Is it really worth trying him a second time?  For what purpose?  He's not a violent person. He was alleged to have given special treatment to an inmate in exchange for gifts?  Yes, broke the rules big time but he wasn't beating up inmates or concocting schemes to have inmates beat up other inmates or doing anything violent.   Who did he really hurt?  I think that there is more to this story and he's taking the brunt of the punishment while other deputies  are doing something similar and getting away with it.  Again, I don't think what he did was ok but there are bigger fish to fry in the grand scheme of the OCSD jailhouse corruption.   He already lost his job and probably won't ever work in LE again so isn't firing him enough?   Do we really need a retrial?  I'll sleep ok if he isn't retried.  And no, I'm not a cop.  

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

this only means that one count of bribery wont be prosecuted a second time. but if the DA TRack decides to not go after him in a second trial I for one will ready if riots erupt in the streets. TRack do not let this guy skate. Go after him a second and even third time if you have to.

Rob Gonzo
Rob Gonzo

Thanks to a jury of your peers OC! You want to blame someone, blame the 12 jurors...

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

You have got to be kidding me? This is fucking bullshit.

Jason Roberson
Jason Roberson

If they can get away with rape and murder, what's a little bribery?

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

I suppose Cass's acquittal doesn't surprise those of us who are in the know about the unbridled corruption in the OCSD and the OC courts.


Doesn't make me any less angry, though.

N-16
N-16

She gives meaning to "Shit Faced"!

Eman64
Eman64

Corrupt Police work @ it's finest... I'm not surprised at all by these "allegations."

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

sick fuck(s). BTW, this used a defense to describe the other defendants as deranged liars actually points to the sickness of a deputy who had been in jail (working in jail) so long that the natural course of things is to become just as if not sicker and more twisted than the criminals you are charged to over see. Trust me, even if you clock out at the end of a 12 hour shift every day; after 4 or 5 years, you are just as fucked up as the criminals. Ive seen it with my own eyes.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

OMG, now I've heard it all.  She really wanted Kim to #$% in her mouth!  WTF!!!

EqualJusticeForAll
EqualJusticeForAll

@949girl  I am a cop, and, yes, he should be retried.  Good cops want bad cops prosecuted.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@949girl he can sing like a canary on those other officers to win leniency on his sentence.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@paullucas714 You're really going to riot if he's not retried?  This case means that much to you?  

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@paullucas714 @949girl It didn't sound like the DA cared to have him sing like a canary on the other deputies.  Something is fishy here.  Cass is small potatoes.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@949girl @paullucas714 I know people who have been put on trial 3 times in order to get a conviction on victimless crimes such as running a legal medical marijuana dispensary. This POS violated the public trust in his position. A much more egregious crime against society's norms and values (the justification for criminalizing victimless consensual crimes).

This case is much more a violation of those norms and values than any cannabis store has ever committed.

So yes, it is important to me that the faith and trust in the district attorney and our police officers are held to a higher standard as well as making sure that the watchers are held accountable.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@paullucas714 @949girl It's hard to take your comments serious because you always have to tie marijuana in to all of your arguments.  I agree that people do get tried multiple times on overblown charges and that it isn't right.  I too, know of people, very close people to me, who have been screwed over by cops and DAs too but it doesn't cloud my judgment and I don't refer back to that every time I hear the details of a particular case.  Not everything is related o each other.   Marijuana dispensaries have nothing to do with this case.  He was just a dumb deputy who turned the other cheek and was fired for it.  If I did what he did at my job I'd be fired, not prosecuted.  

949girl
949girl topcommenter

Yeah, what was she going to do with it in her mouth?  Honestly, that is probably the foulest sexual fetish I've ever heard of.  

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@949girl @paullucas714 I couched my comments on the concept of a victimless crime of consent and the equal application of the law.

A victimless crime is prosecuted as it is an affront to our societies norms and values (thus the victim being society's norms and values)

Youre right Marijuana is not related to this trial this cop this criminal this shit eating floozy. But seriously if you had to choose between the two, to prosecute the maximum 3 times, which ones would you pick?

And fuck a dirty ass cop. He should rot in general population.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@fishwithoutbicycle


Nothing wrong with a little double entendre every now and then.  

I say, pun away.  

(I liked it, regardless of the content.)

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@949girl 

I'm more of a "live and let live" kind of person when it comes to the sexual fetishes of consenting adults...I have a couple of strange ones, myself. 

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@fishwithoutbicycle @949girl You do tend to make sexual references to yourself often in the comments.  Sounds like you need attention from strangers?

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