The Orange County Fire Authority requested help from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad today at around 3 p.m., in response to a report of a suspicious package or substance at the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, in Santa Ana, according to the O.C. Register.
SANTA ANA POA ENDORSEMENT BOLSTERS KAREN SCHATZLE’S CAMPAIGN FOR JUDGE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2015
Orange, CA – The Santa Ana Police Officers’ Association became the latest public safety organization to announce their enthusiastic endorsement of Karen Schatzle’s campaign for Superior Court Judge today.
In announcing their endorsement, Santa Ana POA President John Franks stated:
“Ethical, honest, and committed to justice, are just a few of the terms that can be used to describe Karen Schatzle. The Santa Ana Police Officers’ Association is proud to announce our enthusiastic endorsement of her campaign to restore integrity to this seat on the bench.” Continue reading
Serve on the Next OC Grand Jury
The Orange County Superior Court seeks OC residents to serve on the next Orange County Grand Jury. The deadline to apply is January 22, 2016, and the one-year term is scheduled to begin July 2, 2016.
Members receive a $50 per day stipend as well as mileage reimbursement. Continue reading
By: OC Supervisor Lisa Bartlett
This week the Orange County Superior Court successfully launched the use of a new case management system to manage family and juvenile cases. It is the latest step in the on-going effort to move to an all-electronic court record that provides better service at reduced cost. All-electronic court records are already in use for traffic, criminal, civil, probate, and mental health cases; as such, the Court has reaped vast rewards in organizational strengths and efficiencies.
The new system eliminates the use of paper files and automates several functions that have been done manually in the past. This allows for greater efficiency and enables multiple parties to view the document at the same time. The system will also allow documents filed by justice partners, such as the District Attorney and the Social Services Agency, and lawyers to be filed electronically. Continue reading
ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Case # 15CM08004
Date: November 9, 2015
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A criminal defense attorney was sentenced to 90 days in jail today for submitting altered psychological reports to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) and Orange County Superior Court in a sexual assault case. David Robert Cohn, 51, Coto De Caza, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of deceit or collusion by an attorney. Cohn was also sentenced to three years of probation, required to pay $1,000 in fines, and ordered to donate $10,000 to the Victim Witness Emergency Fund. Cohn must also abide by any punishment, rule or order issued by the California State Bar.
In 2012, Cohn was a criminal defense attorney in the case of People v. Carmelo Sanchez Flores (Case # 12NF1891), a sexual assault case involving a victim under the age of 14. Cohn retained psychologist Veronica Thomas, Ph.D. to prepare a psycho-sexual evaluation report of Flores, which Thomas wrote. The report prepared by Dr. Thomas was dated Oct. 11, 2012. Continue reading
ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Case # 12HF3538
Date: July 1, 2015
SANTA ANA – A former volunteer Sunday school teacher was convicted today of molesting six minor boys and possessing and distributing child pornography. Christopher Bryan McKenzie Sr., 51, Costa Mesa, was found guilty by a jury of 10 felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14 years old, one felony count of attempted lewd acts upon a child under 14 years old, four felony counts of using a minor for sex acts, two felony count of attempting to use a minor for sex acts, two felony counts of distributing pornography to a minor, and one felony count of possession of child pornography with sentencing enhancements for substantial sexual conduct with a child and committing lewd acts upon a child under 14 years old against more than one victim. McKenzie faces a maximum sentence of 160 years to life in state prison at his sentencing on Sept. 4, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-40, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
At the time of the crimes McKenzie worked as a swimming pool cleaner. The defendant was a volunteer Sunday school teacher at Christ Church by the Sea in Newport Beach between 2004 and 2006 and at Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa. Continue reading
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Representing California’s 46th Congressional District
PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Emily Morris, 202-226-2965, Emily.Morris@mail.house.gov
REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ APPLAUDS SUPREME COURT RULING ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage:
“The Supreme Court ruling today, guaranteeing an individual’s right to marry who they love, regardless of sex, is an important step forward for our country and a victory for American families. Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Contact: Kelsey Eiben (714) 676-8879
Advocates of Recall Judge M. Marc Kelly From The Bench Campaign Release Statement On Judge Kelly Response
(Santa Ana, CA)-Today, Bryan Scott, Founder and Chairman of the Recall Judge M. Marc Kelly campaign, and Patricia Wenskunas, Founder and CEO of Crime Survivors, Inc., released a statement in reaction to Judge Kelly’s official response to the petition of notice to recall.
“Judge Kelly can talk about other decisions he has made throughout his career, which I find to be arrogant, but it will never make up for his horrific decision to go easy on a child sexual predator. This recall is a way to show support and protection for crime victims everywhere; past, present, and future,” said Patricia Wenskunas. Continue reading
By: Sara Flores
May 2, 2015 — I am pleased to inform you that a formal recall effort to remove Judge Marc Kelly from the bench has OFFICIALLY begun as of today, May 1st, 2015.
Today, Bryan Scott, Chairman of the Committee to remove Judge Kelly and creator of the Facebook page “Remove M. Marc Kelly From the Bench,” announced that Judge Kelly has been officially served with a recall notice.
The OCRegister reports that Judge Kelly is accused of making “unacceptable and unilateral reductions of criminal sentences or punishments of criminals convicted of heinous sex crimes committed against a minor or child,” according to the notice served to him. Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Contact: Kelsey Eiben 714.676.8879 or 213. 814.2474
All 5 Supervisors Officially Demand Judge Kelly’s Resignation
(Irvine, CA)- Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved in a 5-0 vote, a resolution that rebuked Orange County Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly reducing the mandatory minimum sentencing for the sodomy rape of a 3-year old girl on April 3, 2015. The sharply worded resolution highlights the Board’s undisputed admonition of Judge Kelly’s sentencing decision and the dangerous precedent it sets throughout Orange County’s criminal justice system.
“There should be no leniency for child rapists, especially those who sodomize a 3-year old girl. Obviously, Judge Kelly disagrees. Its only a matter of time before Judge Kelly will face the voters in a recall, so he might as well resign immediately,” said Bryan Scott, Founder of the Recall Judge Kelly committee. Continue reading
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Contact: Kelsey Eiben 714-676-8879
Announcing Major Support To Recall Orange County Judge M. Marc Kelly
(Santa Ana, CA)-Bryan Scott and several Orange County Supervisors, including Chairman Todd Spitzer, Vice-Chair Lisa Bartlett, and Shawn Nelson, will be holding a press conference tomorrow Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 1PM to call for the resignation of Orange County Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly who minimized the sentencing of Kevin Jonas Rojano-Nieto after he had been convicted of raping a 3-year old girl, and call for his resignation.
WHO: Continue reading
I took a stroll today through OC’s main courthouse in downtown Santa Ana in hopes of taking the real temperature of the firestorm that erupted after Judge Marc Kelly violated California law and refused to sentence a convicted sex offender to the mandatory minimum sentence set by the California legislature for such heinous crimes. The best place for this extemporaneous polling seemed to be in the court’s cafeteria, where lawyers, prosecutors, litigants, and others congregate throughout the day.
Stacking the facts of a 20-year-old sodomizing a 3-year-old with enough violence to tear her anus and require hospitalization against Kelly’s bizarre justifications for leniency has stirred folks from Orange County to Chicago to call for his ouster. But what do the locals who work in the criminal justice system think? Continue reading
By OC Supervisor Todd Spitzer, Portions courtesy of Superior Court of California
Assistant Presiding Judge Charles Margines of the Superior Court of Orange County and chair of Grand Jury Recruitment/Selection Committee has extended the deadline to apply for Grand Jury service to January 30, 2015.
The Grand Jury performs civil oversight of local government by reviewing and evaluating county and city agencies, jails, schools, and special districts within Orange County and writes a final report with its findings and recommendations. The Grand Jury also considers evidence for possible indictment of individuals in felony cases and reviews complaints submitted by citizens. Continue reading
ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Date: January 16, 2015
*This is the second gang injunction in the City of Santa Ana
SANTA ANA – A violent Santa Ana criminal street gang has been permanently enjoined from terrorizing the community and acting as a public nuisance, marking the 13th injunction to be brought against Orange County gangs and the second in the City of Santa Ana. This injunction is in response to decades of violent crimes committed by this gang and numerous residents pleading with law enforcement to eliminate the gang presence so that they no longer have to live in fear.
During the litigation on this case, a minor who was an active participant in the gang was murdered, a witness suffered a brutal assault, a woman was shot while waiting for a bus, a loaded sawed-off shotgun was discovered concealed in bushes in the gang’s claimed territory, and the gang’s graffiti vandalism has continued to plague the area. Ten individuals still contesting the injunction will be given a court hearing to contest their gang involvement. Continue reading
By OC Supervisor Todd Spitzer
(Portions courtesy of the Orange County Superior Court)
The Orange County Superior Court is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Orange County Grand Jury. A new 19-member Grand Jury will be empaneled for a one-year term that begins July 1.
As mandated by the California Constitution, the Grand Jury has three basic functions: weighing criminal charges and determining whether indictments should be returned; weighing any allegations of misconduct against public officials to determine whether to present formal accusations requesting their removal from office; and acting as the public’s “watchdog” by investigating and reporting on the affairs of local government. Most of the Grand Jury panel’s time is spent performing civil oversight of local government by reviewing and evaluating county and city agencies, schools, and special districts within the county. Continue reading