The law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this week, imposes tougher punishment on prosecutors who intentionally withhold evidence in criminal cases. It was prompted by revelations that Orange County prosecutors violated the constitutional rights of defendants by keeping secret evidence gleaned from jailhouse informants.
Communications LAB was hired under a $100,000 contract to help the embattled Orange County Fire Authority control its messaging. Now, with the scandals piling up, the firm’s contract could nearly double.