People v. Rodriguez, an inside look into OC Informant Scandal
Mr. Crawford is a well-respected Criminal Defense and Appellate Law Lawyer who recently made the headlines when a D.A.'s investigator attacked him outside an Orange County Courtroom. The attack occurred just days after Crawford won a new trial for Henry Rodriguez; over the strenuous objections of Rackauckas' staff after Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Goethals determined law enforcement authorities had sabotaged the defendant's fair trial rights with the illegal, secret use of a snitch. That outcome is one of the numerous courthouse victories stemming from Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders' historic investigation into snitch abuses tainting dozens and dozens of cases. Sanders' work has earned nationwide cries for the U.S. Department of Justice to probe both Sheriff Sandra Hutchens' operations as well as Rackauckas'.
Ruffling feathers is part of our business, but physical altercations are not what any of us expect in the Courthouse for doing our jobs. A black eye and the civil suit will not detract Mr. Crawford from doing what he does best, protecting defendant’s rights. We are grateful to him for his zealous work on behalf of the local defense community and for sharing his knowledge with this very timely and relevant presentation about how jail house informants affect all our clients and what can be done to protect our clients’ rights.
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