Judge Thomas Goethals handed the case to the California Attorney General’s Office, which is appealing on the grounds that the sheriff’s department — which oversees the jails and snitches — committed misconduct, not the district attorney’s office. (Mark Rightmire / File Photo)
By Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
July 22, 2015
Updated July 23, 2015 10:32 a.m.
- Watchdog: Is panel reviewing use of O.C. jailhouse informants really independent?
- Gang member once facing life will instead go free, as jailhouse informant battles derail another case
- Killer gets life sentence cut to 15 years after O.C. authorities misuse jail informants
- Defense: Misuse of jailhouse informant should block death penalty in man’s double-murder case
- O.C. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens: Poor organization, training led to mistakes with jailhouse informants
The U.S. Department of Justice is looking at the jailhouse informant scandal in Orange County, a move that could lead to a federal takeover of the District Attorney’s Office.