SANTA ANA (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld former Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona’s conviction for witness tampering.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals released its 21-page ruling on Thursday.

Carona was convicted of one count of witness tampering in 2009 and sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison but has been allowed to remain out of custody while his appeal was pending.

Carona’s lawyers argued that prosecutors broke an ethical rule when they arranged for ex-assistant sheriff Don Haidl to secretly record an August 2007 conversation despite knowing Carona had retained a criminal defense attorney.

A federal attorney argued that the government used what he called “permissible decoys.”

Carona was acquitted of conspiracy, mail fraud and a second witness tampering count in a sweeping public corruption case.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments (4)
  1. Richard in Castaic says:

    Few things are more laughable than when a city employee pins 4 stars to his collar and confirms upon himself the same rank a 4 start general enjoys. Perhaps less time spend threatening witnesses and more time running his department would have served the tax payers better.

    1. CA562DUDE says:

      Well atleast he did not give himself a 5 Star thats the Highest Rank for Generals

  2. Gertrude Thompston says:

    Appeal’s over, prison time begins.

  3. Not newsworthy says:

    ExActly u corrupt po po

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Watch & Listen LIVE