The War between OC's DA and Public Defender Offices

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Last month, a member of the Orange County Public Defender's office made an explosive allegation when he charged the OC District Attorney's office of using a jailhouse informant improperly in multiple cases. One of the most high-profile ones involve Scott Dekraai, who has admitted to murdering seven people in a Seal Beach murder spree in 2011, and the Public Defender's office is asking a judge to either declare a mistrial or prohibit the DA from trying it. The public defender who is pushing for this is alleging years of misconduct. Is it sour grapes, or is he onto something?


Gustavo Arellano