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Orange County District Attorney

A Few Bad Apples, Or The Fruits Of A Poisonous Tree?

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 02.06.2017 | Politics
Lorenzo Johnson

Having prosecutors police themselves is like having a hungry fox guard the henhouse. In almost all of the cases of exoneration in recent years, prosecutors have fought tooth and nail to maintain these false convictions knowingly and intentionally.

Jailhouse Informant Practices Prompt Orange County Probe

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 01.12.2017 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

The Department of Justice announced its Office of Civil Rights has launched an investigation of the sheriff's office and the district attorney's office in Orange County, California, over repeated claims law enforcers there have systematically used jailhouse informants in ways that violate defendants' rights.

Jailhouse Snitch Scandal In Orange County Unravels Another Murder Case

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

LOS ANGELES ― An ongoing jailhouse snitch scandal rocking Orange County’s justice system unraveled yet another murder case Thursday when a judge r...

Orange County Prosecutor Asks Justice Department To Investigate Jailhouse Informant Program

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- Orange County prosecutors' "win at all costs" mentality has contributed to "deficiencies" in a jailhouse informant program that defense...

New California Law Cracks Down On Cheating Prosecutors

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.01.2016 | Politics

California prosecutors who deliberately withhold evidence from defense attorneys may face harsher punishment under a new law passed after a wave of mi...

Embattled Orange County Prosecutor Linked To Jailhouse Snitch Scandal Is Resigning And Leaving California

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- A deputy district attorney in Orange County who is connected to a controversial jailhouse informant program that allegedly violated the...

Why Do Prosecutors Fight to Maintain Wrongful Convictions?

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 06.23.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

When it comes to our criminal justice system, prosecutor and police misconduct remains the elephant in the courtroom. Sometimes it is spoken about, but rarely is any action taken.

Matt Ferner

Jailhouse Snitch Tapes Reveal How Cops Recruited A Serial Murderer | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.17.2016 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- Law enforcement officers linked to a tainted jailhouse snitch program in Orange County, California, once told an informant that after w...

Matt Ferner

Public Defenders: OC Sheriff's Deputies Colluded With MSNBC Producers, Violated Inmate's Rights | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.22.2016 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- Orange County sheriff's deputies linked to an ongoing corruption scandal allegedly collaborated with producers of an MSNBC documentary ...

Matt Ferner

Critics: Orange County DA Needs 'Cleansing With Bleach And Firehoses' | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.17.2016 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- The Orange County Bar Association this week issued a strong condemnation of the county's Office of the District Attorney, accusing it o...

Matt Ferner

California AG Appeals Booting Of Orange County DA From Mass Murder Case Over Misconduct Allegations | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.17.2016 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris has appealed a decision by an Orange County Superior Court judge to eject the county's entire...

Matt Ferner

Orange County DA Ejected From Murder Case For 'Significant' Misconduct | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- An Orange County Superior Court judge removed the O.C. District Attorney's office from prosecuting a mass murder case Thursday, saying ...

Matt Ferner

Misconduct In Jailhouse Snitch Program Letting Murder Suspects Walk Free | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.17.2016 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- Orange County prosecutors have dropped murder charges against two men after defense lawyers claimed the district attorney's office with...