OC Court officials have partly backed off reopening courtrooms for hearings amid a higher court order to close for two weeks and public health orders for OC residents to stay at home, after scenes from the main courthouse in Santa Ana on Thursday drew outrage from attorneys and county officials.
A controversial attorney and candidate for District Attorney, Lenore Albert-Sheridan, currently is suspended from practicing law by the California State Bar. A lawsuit filed last week is attempting to remove her from the June primary election ballot.
A judge for the State Bar of California is recommending Deputy District Attorney Sandra Lee Nassar be suspended from practicing law for one year, for failing to turn over evidence to defense attorneys in a 2011 child abuse case.
Like in the jailhouse snitch case, Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals is being asked to remove District Attorney Tony Rackauckas’ office from a murder case due to allegations that prosecutors violated the defendant’s right to a fair trial.
The 4th District Court of Appeal upheld the right of the DA’s office to disqualify the Superior Court judge presiding over the jailhouse snitch case from other murder cases, but described prosecutors’ actions as an “extraordinary abuse” of the procedure.