Initially, Judge Goethals had ruled that the DA’s office was negligent in failing to turn exculpatory information over, finding that “the district attorney’s well-documented failures in this case, although disappointing, even disheartening to any interested member of this community, were negligent rather than malicious.” But that seems to have changed following further revelations of refusal to turn over evidence.
“From my perspective,” she says, “what really sets Orange County apart
is the massive cover-up by both law enforcement and prosecutors—a
cover-up that appears to have risen to the level of perjury and
obstruction of justice. Law enforcement officers and
prosecutors in Orange County have gone to such lengths to conceal their
wide-ranging misconduct that they have effectively turned the criminal
justice system on its head: dismissing charges and reducing sentences in
extraordinarily serious cases, utterly failing to investigate unsolved
crimes and many murders (by informants—in order to prevent that evidence
from ever getting to defense lawyers), while simultaneously pushing
forward where it would seem to make no sense (except that it conceals
more bad acts by the state), as in the case of an innocent 14-year old
boy who was wrongfully detained for two years.”
Anybody want to be whether any of them will actually be charged for the crimes they committed?
Why yes, I am rather cynical about this.