Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"I Need To See Contriteness"

Orange County's former assistant sheriff, George Jaramillo, caught up in the scandals swirling around convicted ex-sheriff Mike Carona, got a 27-month sentence yesterday from U.S. District Court judge Andrew Guilford of St. John's Church. Writes R. Scott Moxley at OC Weekly:
"I need to see contriteness, and there was almost none....I am very disturbed by these offenses," Guilford said. "Someone very high in law enforcement stated that he devised and executed a scheme to defraud the citizens of Orange County of honest services. . . . There has to be a deterrent against this type of conduct. . . . The actions of Mr. Jaramillo cause me shame on behalf of Orange County. The sheriff's department has lost credibility with other law-enforcement agencies and perhaps with juries sitting in that box."

Guilford then said Jaramillo "and his partner in crime," Carona, have done "incalculable" damage to the OCSD.

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