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Orange County

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1976: Supervisor Robert Battin, convicted of using his county-paid staff and materials for work on his unsuccessful 1974 campaign for lieutenant-governor. He served a 20-day jail term and paid a $6,500 fine.

Jeffrey Perlman, “Battin Can Continue Practice, Court Rules,” Los Angeles Times, Orange County edition, page OC-A-4

Steve Emmons, “‘Battling Bob’ Still Can’t Beat Felony Rap,” Los Angeles Times, February 28, 1990

1972–77: Andrew Jackson Hinshaw, a U.S. congressman, convicted of accepting bribes when he was Orange County assessor. He served a year in jail. Embroiled with him was County Assessor Jack Vallerga, who was found guilty of grand theft, conflict of interest and misappropriation of funds.

“Chronology of Indictments,” Los Angeles Times, October 16, 1977, page OC-12-A

 “Sentences of Other Congressmen Convicted of Crimes,”  Associated Press, July 30, 2002

1976–80: Supervisor Philip L. Anthony, convicted of a 1976 fund-laundering charge and fined $5,000 as part of a 1980 plea bargain that ended the threat of felony prosecution for conspiracy.

Doug Brown and Jeffrey Perlman, “Anthony Pleads No Contest, Draws Fine,” Los Angeles Times, December 31, 1980, page OC-A-1

1976–82: Supervisor Ralph A. Diedrich, who served two years in prison after being convicted of requesting and accepting bribes from officials of a company that wanted to develop 2,200 acres that were already zoned for agricultural use.

“Ralph A. Diedrich, Ex-Orange County Supervisor, Dies,” Los Angeles Times, December 25, 1988

2000–07: Superior Court Judge Ronald C. Kline, who pleaded guilty to a federal charge of possessing child pornography on his home computer. In February 2007 he was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison. Kline had also been charged in state court with child molestation when a man came forward to say that Kline abused him when he was age 14; those charges were dismissed after the U.S. Supreme Court banned prosecution of old sex-abuse allegations.

Larry Welborn, “Ex-Judge Kline Gets Prison,” The Orange County Register, February 20,2007

2009: Sheriff Mike Carona, acquitted of federal charges of mail fraud, conspiracy and one charge of witness tampering, but found guilty of another count of witness tampering.

“L.A. Now,” Los Angeles Times, April 27, 2009

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