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Sheriff Carona Takes Two-Month Vacation

Halfway through today's intensely dull OC Board of Supervisors meeting, during which the supes hemmed and hawed about whether to allow county voters to demand elected officials under indictment take a paid leave of absence, board chairman Chris Norby paused to read a letter from Sheriff Mike Carona, who, in case you didn't know, was indicted last week by a federal grand jury for a slew of corruption charges.

In his letter, Carona announced he was—you guessed it—taking a two-month paid leave of absence effective Nov. 9 so he can fight the charges against him. His timely letter pretty much invalidated the entire purpose of the supervisorial debate, but unmercifully it continued for another couple of hours before the board voted 3-2 against Supervisor John Moorlach's motion. Before the meeting began, Moorlach had already watered down his proposal from have empowering county voters to demand an elected official under indictment be removed from office, to calling for that official to take what amounts to a paid vacation.

Chairman Chris Norby, the only supervisor who ultimately voted in favor of Moorlach's motion (the other vote coming from, duh, Moorlach) spent a good twenty minutes or so pondering whether the administrative leave should be unpaid. "Why should it be paid administrative leave?," he asked. "Your punishment is that you don't have to do your job but you'll continue to get paid?" That led to a spirited discussion about whether not paying an indicted official on administrative leave would be unconsitutional and therefore lead to some sort of lawsuit.

Other than Carona's letter, the only highlight of the meeting came when District Attorney Tony Rackauckas told the supervisors that they had to obey the presumption of innocence concept that makes our fine nation a "society of laws," and not act like a "judicial body" as opposed to a "legislative" one. "It sounds like you're making a decision to remove someone from office without any evidence whatsoever," he said.

Rackauckas also argued that any future voter referendum on elected officials could not be "ex post facto," which was a fancy Latin way of saying it wouldn't apply to Carona and his past, ahem, alleged, crimes. (Last week, Rackauckas called for Carona to take an administrative leave of absence).

Next came former supervisor and current state assemblyman Todd Spitzer, who gave a lengthy and pretentious speech about how disappointed he was in Carona before making virtually the same argument as Rackauckas. "I feel I have to speak on behalf of the judicial process," he said. (Who does this guy think he is, Plato?) Spitzer then waved a copy of a recent book about the Duke lacrosse players, and warned the supervisors not to make the same mistake as Mike Nifong, the North Carolina prosecutor who now faces criminal charges for ignoring exculpatory evidence in his zealous rape case against members of the Duke University lacrosse team. "Once that train left the station, he could not put it back," Spitzer said.

Well, suffice to say that no train left the station today in Orange County. And one thing is certain: Carona must be breathing a deep sigh of relief that he will not have to worry about Orange County voters next February demanding he take the very same paid vacation that he's already taking as of Nov. 9. Close call, Mike...enjoy your holiday.


Comments (15)

  1. Freida says:

    If -- God forbid -- a Sheriff's deputy is murdered while Carona is under indictment, and on a leave of absence, does he believe he'd have the moral authority to stand before his troops and lead them in mourning at the officer's funeral? He is a disgusting, selfish human being. The deputies deserve better.

  2. Joyce Miller says:

    That is unbelieveable, but why am I not surprised. Carona has the Board of Supervisors by the "balls", do you honestly think they are going to go against him? He will roll over on all of them - then what? Carona needs to step down, WITHOUT pay.

    As for his wife Debbie Carona being in charge of JAIL INMATES COMMISSARY, what a crock that is. What does she get paid for that? Has anyone checked the prices that are charged the inmates for their commissary? (i.e., for a 1-1/2 inch bottle of watered down shampoo they were charged $1.50 - they could get a large bottle of shampoo from the 99 cent store for 99 cents; for 1/2 - very small half - bar of soap another $1.50; check out the prices of everything and anything that an inmate can get in the commissary), then check what her kick backs are.

    With all the money that they have been skimming; going to court looking like she did - what does she think she will elicit sympathy - guess again! I think not. His mistress needs her roots done - trying to look pathetic just does not cut it!!!!

    Carona spouting off his right to a fair trial, his rights on this, his rights on that, GO FOR IT CARONA, how about other peoples right to a Fair Trial, before they get the crap kicked out of them by your deputies - Carona deserves the same treatment he and his hit squad so happily despensed on others.

  3. Mike says:

    Well, he's cooked either way. They'll get him on at least one felony count before all is said and done. So that's one (almost) down, and Rackauckas left to go. Then we can get a fresh slate of scum-buckets in office. Yay for OC.

  4. Puhlease says:

    So Jo Ann Galisky is going to run the Sheriffs Department. Isnt she the one who told Moxley that Sargent Joseph Balciki hated him after Moxley did a critical article on him and seemed to take pride in that declaration. Isnt Jo Ann Galisky the one who was uplifted to the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Sheriff and Under Sheriff by Carona in a time span that normally takes others 20 or more years to reach along with having an advanced college degree. One has to wonder what Galisky did for Carona to deserve such a degree of rapid promotion based on her high school diploma being the only educational certificate she can hang on a wall.

  5. Alicia Whitney says:

    WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We are one step closer to getting this scumbag out of office!

  6. Glenn says:

    I just love the way people are so quicfy to kick someone with out even knowing the hole story from both sides. A man or women is guilty till he or she proves themselves indocent is this what this county is about? Criminals have rights too. I think we should let justice do it's thing and keep our opinions to ourselves. It seems we as a country hen like to be with winters but be human and saucy up O-BOY

  7. ivan says:

    Glenn, the whole "innocent til proven guilty" only applies to a court of law. This website is not a court of law. Public officials should hold themselves to a higher standard, especially if this public officials runs the police department. You can't have police officials run around being indicted for corruption and bribery. The federal government does not indict people just to indict them, obviously they believe they have a strong enough case to convict him. They do have 98% rate of success. As long as prosecutor don't mess up the case ala OJ Simpson, they should get either a conviction or a plea bargain.

  8. duplojohn says:

    These guys are pussy's.

    My ten year old kid could articulate her point better than Bill Campbell.

    This is nothing other than GOP wannabees reaching up for future op's.

    LOSERS.

    Spitzer is a pussy too.

  9. Dr. Elizabeth M. Sturgeon says:

    Dump Carona. Then let's hope the feds indict Rackaukaus and the rest of the O.C. crooks.

    From my first-hand personal experience, these elected and trusted officials fail to protect decent, honest law-abiding citizens, honoring us with Due Process. Still, we will rise above them and let the Due Process they denied us convict them.

    KARMA RULES THE UNIVERSE! WATCH IT ROCK!

  10. Vo Danh says:

    Now you can see how greedy "Mr. Sheriff" is. He felt that all money he has collected is not enough. He still want more from being pay on leave of absence. Hahaha. That's another evidence.

  11. brian says:

    As long as the public of OC march like sheep to the polls to vote for the candidates hand picked for them by GOP power brokers this is what you get

  12. Alex Brant-Zawadzki says:

    Maybe Carona and Bill Hunt can hang out together, now that they both have so much free time.

    You know, laugh about the old times, throw back a few brews, make cracks about the election where Hunt called the sheriff a scumbag in so many words and Carona demoted Hunt as soon as it was barely politically viable...

    ...ah, those were the days. The salad days, as it were.

    With love,
    Alex B-Z
    Stephencolbert08.com

  13. Crystal says:

    I hate Carona. With all the allegations he faces of being a corrupt greedy a-hole, he still has the audacity to take a 2-month paid vacation on our dime. I hope he goes to prison and finds some of that KARMA he has been eluding all these years!!!

  14. Debbie says:

    Re:
    his wife Debbie Carona being in charge of JAIL INMATES COMMISSARY, what a crock that is. What does she get paid for that? Has anyone checked the prices that are charged the inmates for their commissary? (i.e., for a 1-1/2 inch bottle of watered down shampoo they were charged $1.50 - they could get a large bottle of shampoo from the 99 cent store for 99 cents; for 1/2 - very small half - bar of soap another $1.50; check out the prices of everything and anything that an inmate can get in the commissary), then check what her kick backs are.

    Yes, I agree, take that commissary contract away from Mrs. Sheriff right now and give it to the local 99 cent store. This is what's wrong with government today: Greed.

  15. Orangeman says:

    I think it is important that we the citizens of Orange County cause county government to extend carona's time off to (forever)!!!

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