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Sheriff’s Misconduct May Spare Mass Murderer’s Life – Gears Of Biz

SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) — A state judge will decide next week whether the worst mass murderer in the history of Orange County, California, must face the death penalty or can avoid it because of misconduct by the sheriff.

Scott DeKraai murdered his ex-wife and seven others at a Seal Beach hair salon in October 2011. He confessed almost immediately and pleaded guilty to murder in May 2014.

For the past three months, Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals has been considering whether he should bar the death penalty in the case because the sheriff’s department violated DeKraai’s rights by intentionally and repeatedly hiding information about a secret program to use jailhouse informants against criminal defendants — including DeKraai.

The lead defense attorney, Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders, argued Thursday that the sheriff’s department

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Sheriff’s Misconduct May Spare Mass Murderer’s Life

SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) — A state judge will decide next week whether the worst mass murderer in the history of Orange County, California must face the death penalty or can avoid it because of misconduct by the sheriff.

Scott DeKraai murdered his ex-wife and seven others at a Seal Beach hair salon in October 2011. He confessed almost immediately and pleaded guilty to murder in May 2014.

For the past three months, Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals has been considering whether he should bar the death penalty in the case because the sheriff’s department violated DeKraai’s rights by intentionally and repeatedly hiding information about a secret program to use jailhouse informants against criminal defendants — including DeKraai.

The lead defense attorney, Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders, argued Thursday that the sheriff’s department violated his client’s rights. “Removal of the death penalty is a

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OC Sheriff Testifies About Jailhouse Informants in Seal Beach Salon …

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, testifying Wednesday in an evidentiary hearing in the death penalty case against the worst mass killer in the county’s history, said her department has not engaged in a conspiracy to use jailhouse informants in illegal ways.

Hutchens’ testimony came in the third round of evidentiary hearings to determine if Scott Dekraai — who pleaded guilty to eight murders and one attempted murder at a Seal Beach beauty salon — can get a fair shake in the penalty phase.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals has said he may dismiss the death penalty as an option in the case depending on the evidence produced in this latest round of hearings. Dekraai’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders, showed the sheriff memos from Deputy William Grover, one of the central figures in two prior rounds of evidentiary hearings.

In one email, Grover asks colleagues about

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OC Sheriff Testifies About Jailhouse Informants in Seal Beach Salon Massacre Case

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, testifying Wednesday in an evidentiary hearing in the death penalty case against the worst mass killer in the county’s history, said her department has not engaged in a conspiracy to use jailhouse informants in illegal ways.

Hutchens’ testimony came in the third round of evidentiary hearings to determine if Scott Dekraai — who pleaded guilty to eight murders and one attempted murder at a Seal Beach beauty salon — can get a fair shake in the penalty phase.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals has said he may dismiss the death penalty as an option in the case depending on the evidence produced in this latest round of hearings. Dekraai’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders, showed the sheriff memos from Deputy William Grover, one of the central figures in two prior rounds of evidentiary hearings.

In one email, Grover asks colleagues about

Read more at: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/With-Death-Sentence-in-the-Balance-OC-Sheriff-to-Testify-in-Mass-Killer-Trial-432379473.html

OC Sheriff to Testify About Jailhouse Informants in Seal Beach …

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens will begin testifying Wednesday in an evidentiary hearing regarding the use of jailhouse informants as part of the death penalty case against Scott Evans Dekraai, the worst mass killer in the county’s history.

Dekraai, who pleaded guilty in May 2014 to eight murders and one attempted murder for a 2011 massacre at a Seal Beach beauty salon, is awaiting the penalty phase of the legal proceedings, with the state Attorney General’s Office still pursuing the death penalty.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office was kicked off the case for outrageous governmental misconduct.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals, who booted Orange County prosecutors from the case, is holding a third round of evidentiary hearings into how the prosecution was handled to determine if it is possible for Dekraai to receive a fair trial in the penalty phase.

Victims of Seal Beach Massacre

Before he

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With Death Sentence in the Balance, OC Sheriff to Testify in Mass …

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens will begin testifying Wednesday in an evidentiary hearing regarding the use of jailhouse informants as part of the death penalty case against Scott Evans Dekraai, the worst mass killer in the county’s history.

Dekraai, who pleaded guilty in May 2014 to eight murders and one attempted murder for a 2011 massacre at a Seal Beach beauty salon, is awaiting the penalty phase of the legal proceedings, with the state Attorney General’s Office still pursuing the death penalty.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office was kicked off the case for outrageous governmental misconduct.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals, who booted Orange County prosecutors from the case, is holding a third round of evidentiary hearings into how the prosecution was handled to determine if it is possible for Dekraai to receive a fair trial in the penalty phase. Before he started the latest round

Read more at: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/With-Death-Sentence-in-the-Balance-OC-Sheriff-to-Testify-in-Mass-Killer-Trial-432379473.html

With Death Sentence in the Balance, OC Sheriff to Testify in Mass Killer Hearing

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens will begin testifying Wednesday in an evidentiary hearing regarding the use of jailhouse informants as part of the death penalty case against Scott Evans Dekraai, the worst mass killer in the county’s history.

Dekraai, who pleaded guilty in May 2014 to eight murders and one attempted murder for a 2011 massacre at a Seal Beach beauty salon, is awaiting the penalty phase of the legal proceedings, with the state Attorney General’s Office still pursuing the death penalty.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office was kicked off the case for outrageous governmental misconduct.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals, who booted Orange County prosecutors from the case, is holding a third round of evidentiary hearings into how the prosecution was handled to determine if it is possible for Dekraai to receive a fair trial in the penalty phase. Before he started the latest round

Read more at: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/With-Death-Sentence-in-the-Balance-OC-Sheriff-to-Testify-in-Mass-Killer-Trial-432379473.html

O.C. Sheriff Hutchens Announces Retirement Hours After Damaging …

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Embattled Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens announced today she will not seek another term and plans to retire.

Her announcement came hours after the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California called for her resignation upon releasing a two-year study that found “violent, abusive and unhealthy conditions in Orange County’s jails system, and a record of denial and indifference by the officials in charge, most notably Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.”

According to the ACLU, the 108-page report was the result of more than 120 interviews with current and former inmates in Orange County lockups and a review of the recommendations of seven county grand juries over the last decade.

“The OC Sheriff’s Department and its jails have been fraught with controversy, allegations of corruption and abuse. This isn’t a recent find,” said Esther Lim, director of the ACLU SoCal Jails Project. “It is clear and obvious that

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Orange County Sheriff Hutchens To Retire

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Embattled Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens announced today she will not seek another term and plans to retire.

Her announcement came hours after the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California called for her resignation upon releasing a two-year study that found “violent, abusive and unhealthy conditions in Orange County’s jails system, and a record of denial and indifference by the officials in charge, most notably Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.”

According to the ACLU, the 108-page report was the result of more than 120 interviews with current and former inmates in Orange County lockups and a review of the recommendations of seven county grand juries over the last decade.

“The OC Sheriff’s Department and its jails have been fraught with controversy, allegations of corruption and abuse. This isn’t a recent find,” said Esther Lim, director of the ACLU SoCal Jails Project. “It is clear and obvious that

Read more at: https://patch.com/california/lagunabeach/orange-county-sheriff-hutchens-retire