Ex-OC Sheriff Carona — the videotapes!

It’s been a while since I checked in on our most entertaining former county sheriff. And oh the roffles today:

Acting Sheriff Jack Anderson has turned over to federal prosecutors a computer containing video footage from former Sheriff Mike Carona’s office.

“The matter has been turned over to the U.S. attorney’s office where they are working in conjunction with the FBI to further investigate the matter,” Anderson said. “As it is under investigation, I cannot comment further.”

The video-only surveillance camera was installed in Carona’s office by the sheriff’s department in 2001 or 2002 for security reasons following Carona’s appointment as a senior advisor to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said Jeff Rawitz, Carona’s attorney. Some things had been taken from Carona’s office and officers with the department’s Dignitary Protection Unit were concerned about the national security documents within the office, he said.

“It was a security system consistent with what many companies use to monitor sensitive locations after hours,” Rawitz said. “Mike did not operate the system, have access to the system and has never seen any of the videos recorded by the system. It was purely for security purposes.”

Bad couple of days for that legal team, it has to be said. First the judge tells ’em no venue change, now this. At least they have a Memorial Day weekend for them to relax and go, “Wait…what did we get ourselves into again?”

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