Another mail piece dropped yesterday from Orange County Employees Association regarding Shawn Nelson’s hide and seek on his criminal defense business. This time the hit features Crime Victims United and their take on what Shawn Nelson’s law practice has done and how he’s trying to hide the truth.
The issue here is not that Nelson’s firm represents people in criminal matters. It’s that he has spent the better part of two years trying to cover that up. Nelson says his clients are accused of “small potatoes” crimes. They’re your neighbors and family members who get in trouble.
Nelson’s law firm focuses on ambulance chasing and criminal defense. He’s been trying to distance himself from the criminal defense work that he and his firm perform. Because of his work in criminal defense, Nelson should know you can run, but you can never hide.
Shawn Nelson has gone to great lengths to try to hide that history. I reported a while ago about Nelson’s specialties as once advertised on his law practice website. After that story ran, Nelson pulled out all the stops and had the record scrubbed from readily available Internet history.
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has opened investigation into how Assessor Webster Guillory has implemented a $20 million computer system and whether he is properly collecting taxes on businesses using government property.
Well, as the headline states, I am not really surprised. The county has a pattern of contracting out projects and then having managers and directors cover up the failures to perform. This just happens to be a project run by a comfortable elected official who has the same attitude as the County IT Director. Cover it up and hope no one notices.
Unions are not all-powerful engines of rapacity. County workers have been struggling with layoffs and furloughs in the county, courts and cities. Unions and their members are addressing state and local government issues responsibly.