Tony Rackauckas

DA Tony Rackuackas flanked by staffers Susan Kang Schroeder and Scott Simmons

By R. Scott Moxley
Mon. Jun. 1 2015 at 3:00 AM

All prayers inside the Orange County district attorney’s office (OCDA) that their 16-month jailhouse informant scandal would quietly disappear as just another empty, partisan controversy likely ended on May 31 thanks to veteran journalist Kevin D. Williamson, a frequent guest on Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC and NPR.

Writing “When District Attorneys Attack” in the conservative National Review, Williamson penned a nice summary of the “terrifying” mess and then offered an original, thoughtful observation: Like only Richard Nixon had the clout to open relations with communist China, Republicans–unlike the traditional protectors of government agency action, Democrats–should be able “to rouse themselves to action” ending systematic prosecutorial misconduct.

“Only the Republican party has the credibility and the political capital to take on the difficult and sure-to-be thankless task of reigning in rogue police agencies and abusive prosecutors–and they might as well take a look at our scandalous prisons while they are at it,” Williamson wrote.

Williamson’s article followed several days of national exposure on Rackauckas’ tainted snitch program with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department that hides exculpatory evidence–even, incredibly, in death penalty cases–and is operated by badged individuals officially labeled as unapologetic perjurers in March by Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Goethals, a former prosecutor.

Relying in part on OC Weekly’s exclusive coverage since February 2014, Slate magazine, Daily Kos and Al Jazeera America produced related, heavily-consumed stories on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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