Orange County Sheriff’s Kept Evidence Booking Crisis Secret For Nearly Two Years

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes, pictured in May, said the department was not obligated to inform the district attorney about the audits. But, he added, they were mentioned in criminal cases referred to that office.

Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders suggested prosecutors covered for law enforcement, helping to keep systematic mishandling of evidence out of public view. The implications are massive.”

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