• So, the most corrupt district attorney in the State of California is at it again. Judge Goethals is distinguished member of the court and has proven himself in his actions in uncovering the cesspool in T-Rack’s pit of vipers. This county deserves a new DA. I’m not sure if Spitzer is the answer and Tony’s annointed one, the Dragon Lady, certainly isn’t. Anyone has to do better than what we currently have.

  • Al Gibson

    Housecleaning is needed. When the public faith is shaken in the criminal justice system, the legitimacy of our local governance is at risk. Rackauckas has too many failures to continue on. He and his whole regime needs to go.

    • LFOldTimer

      “When the public faith is shaken in the criminal justice system, the legitimacy of our local governance is at risk.”
      IMO it’s already gone. Even when caught red-handed they continue in cover-up mode. Even though criminal case after criminal case is being struck down and scheduled for retrial, dismissed or plea-bargained down allowing cold-blooded murderers to walk away with hand-slaps due to the evidence surrounding jailgate. You don’t think the assigned judges smell a rat? How would you like to be a loved one of one of the murder victims? If that isn’t “lost legitimacy” I don’t know what is. And then they told us that by keeping Stephen Connolly at the OIR on board @ $17,500 a month with a contract extension that it would keep the feds at bay! heh. More hogwash. The feds will trample over top of Connolly as they enter OCSD HQ’s w/ search warrants in hand. The whole operation is built on a house of cards. Mike Carona must have a grin on his face from ear to ear. At some point cover-ups are laughable. Like handing the naked emperor a top hat to wear and reporting he’s now fully clothed.

  • Bob Brock

    My goodness. Rackauckas has no shame. How unbelievably brazen to endeavor to “punish” a judge for simply holding T-Rack accountable for the illegal activities perpetrated by him and his Deputy DA’s. His office under his “leadership” has made the one-time pride of being a prosecutor now an embarrassment.

  • LFOldTimer

    Look, the buck stops at the desks of the OC Supervisors. But they’ll try to wash their hand of it by claiming they are separate from the court system and must honor that separation. Yet they didn’t hesitate to stick their noses into the matter on Judge M. Mark Kelly, did they? In fact a couple of them were wearing bells and whistles at his recall rally. heh. And the majority voted to chastise his seat on the bench. Oh, but there’s a separation clause that they must honor. Horsepuckey! I don’t know about you. I’m disgusted with all these double standards and attacks on human decency from the very top. The BoS funds the DA’s office. IMO they are the ones in charge here. For them to have sat back and mostly turned a blind eye to this despicable behavior and held hands with the Sheriff who has been the ringleader of the coverup by protecting the varmits involved is just reprehensible. Do we have ANY elected leaders in OC who live or guide others by the direction of a moral code? Or have we turned into a modern-day Babylon???

  • Bob Stevens

    Every defense attorney who has ever walked the halls of Orange County courthouses has done the exact same thing. If this judge wants to do this then fine but he needs to step up and censor all attorneys for doing this, not just the DA’s.

    • LFOldTimer

      Defense attorneys can’t charge people with crimes and throw them in jail. See the difference yet? I expect DDA’s to be held to a much higher standard than a defense attorney, just by virtue of the power they wield. And those in the know understand that in the courtroom the scales of justice are greatly tilted in favor of the prosection, despite what Lady Justice might indicate as you walk inside the courthouse. So IMO your opinion is greatly flawed.

      • Bob Stevens

        You can’t hold one side to a higher standard since they both operate under the same set of rules. The first thing the judge told us during jury duty was that there is one standard and everyone is held to the same standard.

        • LFOldTimer

          Nah. In America the one with the greatest amount of power and authority is “supposed” to be the one held to the highest standard. I learned that in 5th grade civics class. At least that’s the way it’s “supposed” to work. In real life I don’t see higher standards practiced much of anywhere anymore. In fact, those who are “supposed” to adhere to higher standards actually practice lower standards. Higher standards and their intentions have become a farce. But Bob – if you can’t see the difference in power between a defense attorney and a prosecutor – I can’t help ya, buddy. We’ll just have to disagree and leave it at that.

  • RyanCantor

    Orange County needs a new DA!

    • LFOldTimer

      I nominate Judge Thomas Goethals. And by God, I’d walk the neighborhood to promote him if he entered the race!

      • Paul Lucas

        Good idea

    • Paul Lucas

      Orange County needs to be raided by the Feds.

  • LFOldTimer

    God Bless ya, Judge King. Indiscriminate bullying against a man who exposed courthouse wrongdoing on part of OCSD and the prosecuting attorney’s office shouldn’t be allowed in our House of Justice. It is a violation of all moral codes known to the civilized world. This is costing the taxpayers many many millions of dollars to retry murder and other serious felony cases. Judge Goethals is a courageous man and all the good and decent people should surround and protect him. The freedom and liberty of our very system is at stake here. If they are alllowed to rub Judge Goethal’s nose in a smattering of unjust courthouse droppings, we are no longer a free society. It is now time to come to the aide of Judge Goethals. The man took a huge risk by doing the right thing. He didn’t have to take that risk. He could have turned a blind eye like many others might have done. His courage is exceptional. For the love of God – help him!!!!

    • Greg Diamond

      I would love to see Goethals run for OC District Attorney in 2018. I don’t know or care about his political views; he’s the guy I’d want to see fixing the OCDA’s department. I’d bet he’d get an overwhelming number of Democratic and independent votes, and a healthy share of the Republicans.

      • LFOldTimer

        He’s guaranteed 2 votes from my household. IMO the man walks on water. The County should mount statutes of him and Sanders side by side, right next to Lady Justice. They did the insurmountable and took substantial risk that neither had to take. I thank the good Lord we still have people of their caliber in high places who are able to make a difference. Without them the Nation and our ideals are toast. Real heroes are those who step into the line of proverbial fire when it’s just as easy to avoid it entirely. Courage is what made America great. Unfortunately today it’s at a premium. About as rare as integrity.