On June 19, 2015, the
Los Angeles Times ran a news story about a case that has been occurring in Orange County,
California. The story is about an Orange County clerk who has appeared
to have illegally fixed up to 1,000 misdemeanor traffic cases and DUIs
with forged records and fake plea deals, according to the
Los Angeles Times.
The clerk’s actions are now being investigated by county prosecutors
and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
According to Jeffrey Wertheimer, legal counsel for the Orange County Superior
Courts, there are approximately 1,000 cases that date back to 2010 across
Wertheirmer said that it appears as if the cases are tied to one clerk
who ceased working for the courts in recent months. He wouldn’t
say as to whether the clerk was fired or if he left voluntarily. The authorities
have not released the suspect’s name.
In many of the cases tied to the clerk, either punishment was never given
or defendants received heavily reduced penalties, the
Las Angeles Times reported.
Latino Defendants Were Primarily Targeted
The clerk targeted primarily Latino defendants, who were steered into a
scheme that illegally and fraudulently resolved their cases. Many of the
attorneys recorded as representing clients contend that they had never
represented them, said Wertheimer.
According to Wertheimer, the courts are seeking to correct all of the cases;
some began last week and are being continued in the courthouse in Westminster.
Thus far, dozens of defendants have been summoned with their defense attorneys
to appear before the judge.
LA Times reports that the alleged misconduct was uncovered when another court employee
discovered an incomplete DUI case. Because of that questionable case,
the court decided to review all of the cases handled by the same clerk.
The illegal case resolutions are now being investigated by an Orange County
public corruption task force.
Virginia Landry Speaks About Case
LA Times article, Orange CountyDUI Attorney, Virginia L. Landry said that attorneys from her firm and others
were called to the court for clients that they had never heard of before.
Landry said that her suspicion is that someone used the names of firm
attorneys in an effort to make the case resolutions appear legitimate.
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