Breaking in the OC Weekly late this afternoon, R. Scott Moxley reports: Bombshell Court Ruling: OC Deputy Unfairly Demoted For Telling Truth About Corruption Under Mike Carona.
Moxley quotes the judge: “The court finds that there is an abundance of evidence to establish malice,” wrote Orange County Superior Court Judge David T. McEachen in his Dec. 6 ruling. “Department officials, at the direction of Carona, set out to destroy Hunt’s candidacy by directly attacking his friends and supporters.”
Further, “In an attempt to give Hunt justice, McEachen ordered the OCSD to hand him back his high-ranking job and give him more than $280,619 in back pay plus $50,000 in penalties. The county will also have to reimburse him for his lawyer fees.”
Moxley also comes down on the OC Board of Supervisors, and current Board Chairman John Moorlach: “…one other group deserves public ridicule for its conduct in the matter. Even though they knew Carona was a scumbag, Orange County’s board of supervisors–like John Moorlach–supported his retaliation against Hunt, a Laguna Hills resident. They could have done the right thing years ago by dropping their efforts to thwart justice in court, but they didn’t.”
Hunt has “launched a successful private detective company”, and it’s far too early to tell if he’d return to the Sheriff’s Department. Perhaps he’ll run again for Sheriff in 2014.