Will Perry Mason Moment Destroy Bribery Case Against Orange County Jail … – OC Weekly (blog)

Cass isn’t happy with prosecutor’s interpretation of circumstantial evidence

During closing arguments in the trial of a fired deputy accused of turning the Orange County Jail into a two-year pleasure palace for a bribe-tossing killer inmate, the innocence or guilty comes down to common sense, according to both the prosecutor and the defense attorney.

Deputy District Attorney Aleta Bryant confidently told a jury on July 2 that David Lloyd Cass betrayed his duties by allowing Stephenson Choi Kim to enjoy regular sex dates in the jail’s visitor area and permitting the gangster to smuggle in contraband–marijuana, razor blades, candy, food, tools, porn and a cell phone–in exchange for bribes totaling at least $850, mostly in gift certificates, and the promise of a high-end Asian prostitute.

“How did he get in that seat?” Bryant said, pointing at Cass at the defense table. “His conduct put him there . . . They [Kim and Ha Duc Nguyen] had a special friend in Mr. Cass because Mr. Cass was turning off the lights [in an Attorney-Bonds booth] and letting them have sex.”

Nguyen, the trial’s key witness, testified for nearly six days and claimed Cass permitted as many as 30 sex dates with Kim from 2009 to 2011 in the visitor’s area and allowed her to smuggle in contraband. She testified jail security was so lax that she was able to bring the sociopath steak dinners and dishes from Olive Garden, run a highly profitable drug dealing business for the inmate population and shoot three porn videos in the visitor’s area–where Nguyen lost her virginity–using her iPhone. One clip shows a smiling Kim masturbating while fondling Nguyen’s breast. To continue to win special privileges from the deputy, the couple gave him gifts that he accepted, according to Bryant.

“[Cass] got justification in his own mind for doing what he was doing,” the prosecutor stated. “He was letting the gifts influence him.”

For Kim, the Orange County Jail was better than the Hyatt Regency

Such comments visibly annoyed defense attorney Lewis Rosenblum, who launched a multi-front attack on the government’s case; he described himself as “angry” about the state’s claims and his court moves as “dismantling” the prosecution’s case. Easily one of the region’s most impressive trial lawyers, Rosenblum targeted the credibility of three people: Nguyen, Bryant and Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigator James Karr.

Rosenblum on Nguyen: “You probably have not met a more dishonest person in your life . . . She is not believable . . . She’s going to lie to everyone to get her precious [plea bargain] deal.”

On Bryant: “The prosecutor is making up evidence that was not in this courtroom . . . If you get anywhere in her crosshairs, you are guilty!”

On Karr: “Investigator Karr wants to be the hero . . . You have [him] giving you misinformation under oath.”

According to Rosenblum, Cass was “an idiot” for taking expensive hockey tickets from Nguyen, but the deputy didn’t know about the sex, porn, smuggling or that she was the killer’s wife because the woman, a “master manipulator,” entered the jail as a “legal runner.”

As representative of the weakness of Karr’s investigation and Bryant’s prosecution, the Santa Ana defense attorney who once worked as a high-ranking prosecutor reminded the jury of a glaring embarrassment for the government.

For days during the trial inside Judge Patrick H. Donahue’s court, Bryant displayed a blown-up photograph that showed the top of a black, $25 In-N-Out Burger gift certificate recovered from the deputy’s property. The prosecution argued the image was solid evidence supporting Nguyen’s claim she gave the item to Cass as part of the bribery scheme.

But in a Perry Mason moment, Rosenblum asked Nguyen where she’d purchased the fast food gift certificate and she named a store on a particular street in central Orange County. He told the witness to read the certificate’s serial number and then he advised the jury he’d done what Karr never bothered to do: He asked In-N-Out officials where and when the certificated had been purchased. Waving a letter from the company, Rosenblum announced the findings. The gift certificate had been purchased 30 miles away from Nguyen’s claimed location and in the Los Angeles County city of La Verne.

He asked: Who lives in La Verne?

He answered his own question: the defendant’s mother.

“They want to convict my client based on a gift card his mother gave him,” thundered Rosenblum, who pointed to Karr sitting in the audience. “There’s the hero who did this great investigation. All he had to do was call. But he’s too busy. He’s willing to convict my client of felonies and he’s too busy to find out the truth.”

When the attorney returned his attention to the jury, a crimson-faced Karr and a colleague yapped loudly–conduct usually displayed during a trial by uncouth hoodlums.

A stern Rosenblum turned and walked toward noise.

“Is there something you need to say?” he asked the deputies.

They quickly shook their heads no and remained silent.

Rosenblum wasn’t done, pointing and saying, “That’s the investigator they want you to believe.”

Rosenblum: Courtroom commander

“Why didn’t they tell you about the problems in their investigation?” he said. “There are only two possibilities. They didn’t know or they didn’t want you to know. That’s why I am so angry. If I heard half the story, I’d convict [Cass] too. They didn’t tell you everything.”

Bryant, a veteran prosecutor, assured the jury that Nguyen is credible, that phone and jail records support her version and that Karr didn’t rush to arrest Cass, but rather methodically pursued all relevant leads in a 40-plus stage investigation, a point she illustrated on a poster.

“What on Earth” would cause the deputy to befriend a scumbag like Kim other than bribes, she asked. “Does he ever try to give the gifts back? No.”

Rosenblum will conclude his closing argument when court resumes on Monday followed by Bryant’s final address to the jury.

For an even more interesting OC Jail sex story, go HERE.

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Who will be the next Roger Goodell? – SB Nation

The Ginger Hammer won’t be around forever. Who’s going to step up when Goodell retires?

Earlier this summer, the NFL issued a statement announcing the promotion of former NFL defensive back Troy Vincent to Executive Vice President of Football Operations. Vincent served as NFLPA president from 2004 through 2008, and was at one time considered by some to be Gene Upshaw’s replacement. He took a job with the league in 2010 as SVP of Player Engagement (great job with the Cromartie account, Troy).

Professional hornets nest kicker Mike Florio speculated that Troy was being groomed to one day supplant Roger Goodell as NFL commissioner. Vincent would be the first former player to be league’s boss. It will never happen for the same reasons that men get to make all the cool decisions about women’s birth control and don’t let soldiers vote for whether or not we’re going to war. Troy would be a Trojan Horse in the eyes of the owners; if you think they’re going to let a former player have authority to discipline them you’re kidding yourself.

No one ever said Goodell had an easy job. Wait, yeah, actually his job is the sports equivalent of cronut salesman. But the article did make me think about what the NFL will be like without Roger Goodell. Here are some plausible and realistic ideas about who will take his place:

Dick Robinson, CEO of Scholastic Books



Dick Robinson might be the best god damn salesman in the history of the entire world. He has a stranglehold on the K-6th grade marketplace. He has somehow convinced every classroom in America to distribute his catalog to their students on a monthly basis and no one ever stops to think, “why does Scholastic have the exclusive right to turn every public school teacher into its own network marketing representative?” Don’t let the warm smile and tasteful watch fool you. That’s how he gets you to let your guard down.

As if putting his products and catalogs directly into you kids’ hands weren’t enough, this slick bastard has the balls to ask every school put on a BOOK FAIR where every student in the country takes a SCHOOL-MANDATED half-day to choose which of his products they get to buy. WHY IS NO ONE TALKING ABOUT WHAT A SMOOTH OPERATOR SCHOLASTIC BOOKS IS?

If this guy can do that with books, imagine what he could do with the NFL.

A new Facebook mom

Let’s face it, the NFL hasn’t done nearly enough to promote the benefits of breastmilk. Did you know that public breastfeeding of children up to the age of five is not at all gross and should be allowed in produce sections and funeral homes? Why hasn’t the league included breast milk as part of any responsible concussion rehabilitation program? These guys are out there having kids with all sorts of women they should know someone who’s lactating for Pete’s sake! It really tells you something that law enforcement officers are allowed to carry handguns but Moms aren’t allowed to breastfeed wherever they want.

Players would be also prevented from getting statistically safe and beneficial vaccinations leading to outbreaks of preventable disease in locker rooms besides Tampa and Cleveland.

All members of active rosters would be required to notify the commissioner of their circumcision status and forced to sit through six videos with audio recorded from a computer microphone about why it’s not ok if they are circumcised, and how the greatest gift you can give your own child is better sex … oh my God, this is so gross I’m unfriending you.

The dancing guy from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones



A commissioner needs to be a contributing player, not a frontman. He tells people that his mic is on for backup vocals, but really it’s the owners who are giving him his marching orders.

Ben Carr (the dancing guy’s name … don’t you ever forget it) was friends with the guys in the ‘Tones back in the day, and he couldn’t get into their shows because he wasn’t 21. So they started telling clubs that he was in the band and just let him do his thing onstage. Fast forward 12 years and he’s skanking across MTV.

What’s that you say? A band doesn’t need a dancing guy? Yeah ok, next thing you say is that the NFL doesn’t need a commissioner who makes $40 million a year too, right?

Thousands of fans simultaneously controlling the NFL like that Pokemon game and making collective decisions about player suspensions, overseas expansion etc.


Mike Pouncey knocked a disabled man unconscious over a chess beef. How do you respond?”

“You have selected: Dolphins rule #FinsUp.”

It’ll take weeks before the collective mind starts to put anything together that closely resembles the rule of law, but hey that’s ok. Give the people what they want. In the meantime, it’s open season for Ben Roethlisberger to let off some steam.

Plus, it accelerates the inevitable progression of the NFL into a handheld app. Let’s face it, that’s where we’re headed eventually.

Downside: Would give a huge advantage to the 49ers tech-savvy fanbase resulting in extra leniency for Harbaugh’s chafe-induced tantrums.

The Gronkowski family


Bromissioners. It’s technically not nepotism if they’re all holding the same position.

First order of business – change the “49ers” to the “69ers.”

Second order of business – WHEREAS Gordie is a total pussy and didn’t finish his beer.

Jim Irsay


What a tremendous story of redemption this would be if we made him commissioner tomorrow. He would make hilarious and obscure halftime band choices for Super Bowls. What’s that? You’ve never heard of Warren Zevon’s acid-gospel Jethro Tull crowdsourced collab? Might want to stick to the Puppy Bowl, amigo.

Downside: The league doesn’t get draft picks so he would be forced to use a different strategy for success besides being born to a billionaire and stumbling ass-backwards into hall of fame QBs.

The Dog from ‘Air Bud’


There is nothing in the rule book that says a dog can’t be commissioner. He could literally kill a player as punishment for excessive celebration penalties and no one would care because look, he’s telling you he wants a belly rub. RIP Golden Tate.

Have to think that he probably would not have accepted Michael Vick back into the league.


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Great Moments in “If the Boss were alive” – NBCSports.com

Andrew Sullivan often mentions the fact that when he was a reporter at the New Republic his editor, Michael Kinsley, would say that he wished he had a single key on his computer that he could press before even reading an article that would delete all semicolons and replace them with a period and automatically capitalize the next word. Why? Because, Kinsley thought, semicolons were useless crutches which enabled bloated, aimless prose and served to prevent the writer from actually saying something useful, clear and succinct.

If I ever seriously mess up in life and find myself editing some Yankees columnist, I’d want a key that automatically deletes any variation of “If George Steinbrenner were alive” and replace it with the words “[columnist] is ill today. He will return next week.”

The latest abuser of this shopworn cliche of Yankees analysis: Bill Madden:

If George Steinbrenner were alive, you know there would be some kind of shakeup. Heads would roll somewhere. Changes — if nothing else for the sake of changes — would be in the offing.

That’s the difference between a regular columnist and a Spink Award-winning columnist like Madden. The Spink Award guy has the guts and job security to add the “heads would roll” cliche to the “if the Boss were still alive” cliche. He throws it all out there.

In other news, Steinbrenner is still dead. And even when he was alive, he had spent the last 15 years or so running a Yankees team with managerial and executive stability nearly unrivaled in all of baseball. Why? Because he changed and matured and realized that he couldn’t do things like he did back in 1982 and be successful anymore.

If only New York columnists could do that.

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PAOLI —  More than 60 southern Indiana residents are spending hot summer nights practicing for Orange County Players as they prepare to take the stage July 11,12 and 13 in the musical, “Oliver!” The Friday and Saturday evening shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Paoli High School Ruth Farlow Uyesugi Auditorium, with the Sunday matinee beginning at 2 p.m.

Director Larry Hollan is thrilled with the cast and says it promises to be another top quality performance. “It is a rags-to-riches story that the audience will enjoy, as familiar songs weave the plot through Victorian England.” Songs include “Food, Glorious Food,” “Oompah-pah” and “It’s A Fine Life.” Jodi McGowan will serve as assistant director. Kate Henderson is music director, and Karie Becht will be in charge of choreography.


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Kevin Conner, an Orange County conservation officer, avid hunter and father of two girls, recognized an Indiana hunting law needed to be changed.

Conner’s 5-year-old daughter, Caroline, has Down syndrome. One day, he wants to teach her to hunt.


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