Carona Indicted, Finally!
Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona was indicted today for accepting bribes. We, Mr Pie and myself, have thought this guy’s behavior was questionable for a long, long time, but we’re just some unimportant people who happen to live in OC and based that opinion on a long list of articles appearing in various newspapers. Apparently the Powers That Be thought so too.
That’s our own dear Governator, Ahrnie, scowling in the background. I’m going to guess that this was shot last week during the wildfires, but I’d like to think that the scowl is directed at Carona. I rather like Ahrnie these days.
Two former assistant sheriffs, George Jaramillo and Don Haidl, had pled guilty earlier to several other charges, some of which may be the cause of a rift between Carona and Haidl. You can read about it here, and it’s a fairly juicy read:
What’s not mentioned in that article is that Don Haidl, one of the gentlemen named in this current indictment, called up Carona last August and suggested they “mend their fences” and have dinner. While they were at dinner is when Carona allegedly asked Haidl to lie to the Grand Jury. How do we know?
Haidl was wearing a wire!
This little detail was reported on KNX 1070 radio this evening, about an hour ago. I guess Mike got a bit snippy with their reporter at the press conference, and threw another reporter out for not asking softball questions.
George Jaramillo was fired back in 2004 for misuse of public funds to the benefit of a private firm that paid him a $25,000 fee to be a consultant for them, and used a county helicopter to demonstrate the company’s product. This was after the Los Angeles Times pointed this information out to him, in a publication called The Orange County Weekly.
The Nut Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree:
The story mentions Haidl’s son Gregory in relation to a gang rape in 2002, when he was in high school, which he and his buddies videotaped and then showed to other kids. Gregory wasn’t just arrested, he was eventually convicted and sentenced to 6 years; the first trial ended in a hung jury, and the jury was predominantly male. There was a story that some members of this jury were offered a fee to become consultants for Haidl’s defense for the next trial.
While young Haidl was out on bail he was arrested on a drug charge, and yet again for another rape charge; this time he didn’t tape the encounter. He met this second girl at a party to celebrate the hung jury in his first trial. The party was held in his father’s house, the same house where the rape took place. In all, this gentleman was arrested on 6 different charges in 3 years, and it is claimed (by people who claim to know) that he was given preferential treatment by the OC Sheriff’s office, because of who his daddy was. His daddy was a very rich man, but didn’t get that way by working for the sheriff’s department. According to that article his daddy was a car dealer who made a fortune before his appointment as Assistant Sheriff. Haidl may have influenced that decision by making Mike Carona a member of the board of directors on a company he owned.
The point I was going for was not that Haidl is bad because his father is wealthy, nor is his father bad because he is wealthy, although he may have become wealthy by being bad. The son is bad because he was taught to be bad. Someone modeled bad behavior for him when he was little, someone didn’t pay attention to what he was doing or who he was hanging out with as he grew up, someone neglected to teach him about ethics and character, someone raised him to believe that rules and laws are for other people, someone raised him to believe that “justice” can be bought.
I’m going to take a wild guess that that someone was (were?) his parents.
They Indicted Carona’s Mistress?
I noticed that among the people indicted for various bits of misbehavior are Carona’s wife, Deborah, and one Debra Hoffman, identified in the indictment as Carona’s mistress. Not his lawyer, his mistress. For Hoffman to be identified in that way in an indictment is …. interesting, and wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall when this is discussed at the Carona home? And they’re both named Debbie. Debbie and Debbie did Mike? It may not be discussed for very long, since he is expected to surrender to the Feds tomorrow.