Mickadeit: Officer’s Threat a Key to Kelly Thomas Case

Use-of-force expert John A. Wilson Jr. concluded his testimony Tuesday afternoon in theKelly Thomas trial. A good deal of time was spent discussing Officer Manuel Ramos’s infamous threat to Thomas, and it appears that how jurors perceive this threat could be pivotal to murder charge against him. Wilson, the prosecution’s witness, said Ramos put Thomas on the defensive […]

29 Men Guilty in Prostitution Cases in November

SANTA ANA – Twenty-nine men were convicted on prostitution-related charges in Orange County in November, officials said. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office’s Human Exploitation and Trafficking unit, along with Garden Grove and Santa Ana police departments and the Orange 30County Sheriff’s Department, deployed undercover officers to act as prostitutes, prosecutors said. Twenty-four of the […]

Ponzi Suspect Has Link to 60th Anniversary Celebration

A Costa Mesa businessman who’s now accused of taking part in a Ponzi scheme provided entertainment for the city’s 60th anniversary celebration this year, records show. The city has said it’s investigating allegations of fiscal mismanagement related to the 60th anniversary celebration in June. Two employees were put on leave in August amid that investigation. […]

D.A.: Deadly Force Justified in Shooting of Man Holding Box Cutter

SANTA ANA – An Orange police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man armed with a box cutter who had threatened to kill himself and his landlady, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said. The District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday released the findings of its investigation into the June shooting that left Joseph Thomas […]

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