Medical Marijuana Distributor Sentenced To 22-Year Prison Term Wins 8-Year Reduction

The ringleader of a huge, Southern California medical marijuana distribution network has won a whopping 94-month reduction in his punishment, according to federal court records reviewed by OC Weekly.

In July 2013, U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna sentenced John Melvin Walker to a term of 262 months in prison, but this week amended the punishment to a term of 168 months for the conspiracy and efforts to evade federal tax obligations.

Selna's dramatic move, done after a secret, April 8 filing by Walker-defense attorney Kate Corrigan, came without public explanation.

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ICE Special Agent Admits Guilt In Lengthy, Immigration Bribery Scheme

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agent today admitted guilt for his role in a bribery scheme that illegally funneled confidential Department of Homeland Security records to a Los Angeles immigration lawyer, doctored information in secret databases and sanctioned sham marriages involving foreign nationals.

Inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, James Dominguez changed his original plea from not guilty in front of U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford, a move that will likely win him a reduction in punishment.

Dominguez, a Ventura resident, faces a maximum punishment of five years in prison, a three-year period of supervised probation as well as a $250,000 fine.

The plea deal was a bargain for the special agent, who only admitted to making false statements.

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Ross Curtis, Child Molest-y Ex-Camp Pendleton Drill Sergeant, Still Bedevils U.S. Marine Brass

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

A federal appeals court has directed a U.S. District Court judge to decide if the statute of limitations can be extended so a woman who was sexually assaulted as a teen by a then-Camp Pendleton Marine can sue the U.S. Marine Corps for negligence.

Testifying in a case that resulted in former Sgt. Ross Curtis' conviction of lewd acts and other felonies involving two teen girls, the plaintiff and her mother discovered he had been court martialed for sexually assaulting three female subordinates at Camp Pendleton before being assigned to a recruitment office that had him interacting with schoolchildren.

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Alberto Flores Ramirez, Spiritual Cleanser Who Rubbed Raw Eggs on Women, Fights Rape Mojo

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On the opening day of the trial of Alberto Flores Ramirez on Wednesday, jurors were told by attorneys for both sides that the supposed "spiritual cleanser" rubbed raw eggs on desperate women before having sex with them.

The question is was it consensual or rape.

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Robert Rizzo Gets 12 Years in Prison and $8.8 Million Restitution Order: Update

See the update at the end of this post on Robert Rizzo's state-court sentence and apology.

ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 15, 6:37 A.M.: Former City of Bell chief administrator Robert Rizzo was sentenced Monday to 33 months in federal prison for tax evasion, as part of a plea deal that included Jabba the Corrupt admitting he spent $120,000 in ill-gotten loot on construction at his former Huntington Beach home.

We're guessing it was for wider archways and reinforced floors.

U.S. District Court Judge George H. King in Los Angeles said at sentencing Rizzo was consumed by "greed in cheating the taxpayers of the United States after cheating the citizens of Bell," proving yet again that greed is very fattening.

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Newport Beach Mansion Burglar Wants Conviction Overturned

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In the view of Newport Beach Police Department officials, Paul Keesling is a prolific burglar who specializes in targeting mansions in ultra-wealthy neighborhoods and won the nickname "Dinnertime Bandit" because he liked to strike when families dined out.

An Orange County prosecutor won a conviction in 2010, but Keesling filed an appeal arguing the case against him was an injustice. He also says his defense lawyer provided ineffective trial work by letting weaknesses in the government's case go largely unchallenged.

Keesling claims law enforcement officials gave the jury misleading DNA evidence, erroneously asserted the neoprene motorcycle mask he used when driving his motorcycle was a burglary mask, and ignored alleged exculpatory evidence that supported his alibi.

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Grisel Maria Ramirez Gets 13 Years for Posing as Nurse and Stealing Newborn from Hospital

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

Ah, remember the lady who posed as a nurse in 2012 and grabbed a newborn at Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center to get her estranged husband to stay with her--after having lied to him the previous nine months about being pregnant?

Tuesday, Grisel Maria Ramirez, 50, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and burglary and was given a 13-year prison sentence.

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Jodi Pier-Estepp, Mother of Presumed Victim of Alleged Serial Killers, Blasts Authorities

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The mother of the only victim whose body has been recovered so far as part of the quadruple murder case against two alleged serial killers lashed out at Orange County authorities outside court Tuesday.

Jodi Pier-Estepp said if registered sex offenders Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon were more closely monitored, her 21-year-old daughter Jarrae Nykkole Estepp might still be alive today.

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Aliso Viejo's Courtyard Healthcare Center Sued over Alleged Physical Assault on Elderly Patient

A patient who claims to have been assaulted last month by an employee at an Aliso Viejo nursing home is suing the owner for alleged elder abuse, negligence, assault and battery, as well as negligent hiring and supervision. The Long Beach office of Garcia, Artigliere & Medby announced it filed the suit Tuesday against Covenant Care California, LLC, the manager of Courtyard Healthcare Center in Aliso Viejo, on behalf of Clara Cranford.

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Dr. Jay W. Calvert, Newport Beach-Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, Cleared of Insurance Fraud

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Orange County prosecutors dropped their medical insurance fraud case against popular Newport Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Jay W. Calvert.

"I am satisfied that this thorough investigation into my practice has yielded a favorable, complete and just result," says Calvert, who also has an office in Beverly Hills, in a statement.

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