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Have the Orange County Sheriff and the District Attorney engaged in secret misconduct for 30 years? A group of high-powered lawyers and former prosecutors wants the federal Justice Department to investigate. We hear about the alleged misuse of jailhouse informants and violations of the right to a fair trial.

Also on the program, angry residents of a posh subdivision vented before LA Supervisors today over the natural gas leak that’s forced almost 70 families out of their homes. We talk to a homeowner and the Southern California Gas Company.

Photo: Global Panorama

Producers:
Christine Detz

Porter Ranch Residents Worried about Gas Leak 9 MIN, 11 SEC

At a hearing today, LA Supervisor Mike Antonovich said it's "nonsensical" and "irresponsible" for the Southern California Gas Company to insist that a month-old natural-gas leak won't be fixed for another two or three months. Some 67 families in the Porter Ranch development near Northridge have asked for relocation assistance.

Guests:
David Balen, resident of Porter Ranch
Gillian Wright, Southern California Gas Company (@socalgas)

More:
Southern California Gas Company's letter on Aliso Canyon leak
Southern California Gas Company's Aliso Canyon update
LA County Health Department assessment of Aliso Canyon leak

Is Law Enforcement Skirting the Rules? 15 MIN, 31 SEC

A federal investigation of possible misconduct by the District Attorney and the Sheriff of Orange County has been called for by a group of legal heavyweights. They include 30 law professors, led by Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the law school at UC Irvine. Others are former LA District Attorneys Gil Garcetti and John Van de Kamp — who also served as California’s Attorney General—and the ACLU. 

Guests:
David Ferrell, Orange County Register (@ocregister)
Susan Schroeder, Orange County District Attorney (@ocdatony)
Laura Fernandez, Yale Law School (@YaleLawSch)

More:
OC Register's special report on jailhouse informants and the OC justice system
OCDA Rackauckas' response to letter regarding use of informants in Orange County

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