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Sandra Hutchens

O.C. Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas should halt filings against judge

O.C. Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas should halt filings against judge

Kudos to the Orange County Superior Court judge who uncovered a long-standing pattern of misconduct in the district attorney’s office — so “sadly negligent,” according to the judge, that he took the extraordinary step of kicking the D.A.’s office off the case of the county’s highest-profile killer. The misuse of paid jailhouse informants and the withholding of evidence by prosecutors who should have handed it over to defense attorneys had already led to reduced sentences for some convicted criminals. Now, Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas and his staff have been removed from the death penalty phase of the trial for a former tugboat captain who pleaded...

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