It’s pure twaddle [...] It’s simply nonsense to suggest that volunteer time is a donation.” – Mike Schroeder
“Where’d he get that idea? [...] I just don’t play favorites.”
- Shirley Grindle
Just as OC Sheriff Mike Carona faces enough scandal over his criminal charges, a new scandal emerges. Several top-notch white-collar defense attorneys, including one who’s defended the likes of “Scooter” Libby and Ollie North, have offered to “volunteer” time to defend Carona in court. Yes, you heard me right. These lawyers want to defend Carona for free.
OK, I see that perplexed look on your face now. What the heck is wrong with that? Well, not everyone thinks Mike Carona can receive all this free legal work. Shirley Grindle, OC’s famous campaign finance watchdog, filed a complaint last week with the California Attorney’s General’s Office, claiming Carona is violating the state law that bars public officials from accepting gifts over $395. Grindle counters that these attorneys charge many thousands of dollars for their legal services, and that their “gift” of free legal help to Mike Carona is just too much.
So who’s in the wrong here? Is Shirley Grindle going too far with this innocent offer of help? Or are Mike Carona and his cronies violating the law by doing this? What do you think about all this “free” legal aid for Sheriff Mike Carona?
I want to hear what you have to say about this latest Carona scandal. Is it no big deal? Or is there something fishy here?
Go ahead. Make my day. Have your say.