Why should we, as citizens, be concerned if it turns out that the District Attorney office of Orange County is a snake pit of unconstitutional illegalities? I am of the opinion that nothing we do could possibly make a difference to our justice system. Just publicly discussing the issues will probably result in some sort of action against the citizen who complains.
I suppose that the reason we should care about the local insanity is that it puts us in a better position to accuse the rest of the world of being unjust and racist. I mean how does it look for us to point the finger but not be aware of our own little, or not so little, corrupt cesspools?
In recent months, we've learned, over the objections of the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD), that the agency created TRED, a computerized records system in which deputies store information about in-custody defendants, including informants. Some of the data is trivial; other pieces contain vital, exculpatory evidence. But for a quarter of a century, OCSD management deemed TRED beyond the reach of any outside authority. In Dekraai, deputies Ben Garcia and Seth Tunstall committed perjury to hide the mere existence of TRED. Those lies didn't originate from blind loyalty, however. The concealed records show how prosecution teams slyly trampled the constitutional rights of defendants by employing informants—and then keeping clueless judges, juries and defense lawyers.
Lets start with the Orange County DA office.
In another post, I will write up what I think I know about the LAPD and the jail that they run. But that will be extra credit and later.