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OC Bar Association Rebukes Prosecutors for Apparent Campaign to Intimidate Judge in Mass Murder Trial

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Orange County Bar Association became the latest to lay into Orange County District Attorney’s Office since it was kicked off the county’s highest profile case - the death penalty trial of mass murderer Scott Dekraai, who pleaded guilty to killing eight people at Salon Meritage in Seal Beach.

Members of the bar issued a resolution last week chastising District Attorney Tony Rackauckas’s office for the appearing to try to punish or intimidate the judge for ruling against prosecutors.

At issue is the apparent campaign by prosecutors to disqualify Judge Thomas Goethals from cases en masse. Goethals, booted the district attorney’s office from the case after Dekraai’s attorney alleged prosecutorial misconduct. Goethal determined Dekraai’s rights were violated by the illegal use of jailhouse informants and turned the case over to the California Attorney General to try the penalty phase of the trial, a move that will further delay the case much to the outrage of victims’ families.

Read the whole story at Dana Point Patch

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