Mike Carona: Amercia's Sheriff?

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David Gonzales

Professor Nancy Jimeno

Political Science 300

17 November 2015

America’s Sheriff?
“Whoever coined ‘crime does not pay’ obviously did not know Carona” (Coker).
Michael S. "Mike" Carona is a convicted felon and former Sheriff-Coroner of Orange County, California. According to the OC Register, as a convicted felon, Mike Carona is currently collecting $195,120 annually from his pension. For Mike Carona crime did pay. But how is this possible? Authors Saavedra, Schwebke, and Tillman stated a new state law that only became effective in 2006 denies a public pension to any public official convicted of wrongdoing in office. Due to this law, if Carona is convicted, he would be denied benefits accumulated from January 2006 through his leaving office, which is just one year. This means Carona will still collect the majority of his pension.
The thought of anyone convicted of crimes receiving a public pension has not gone unseen. Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors at the time, John Moorlach confirmed that Carona would indeed still receive his pension when asked about it. Moorlach sarcastically stated "I think working for the county is wonderful. If you're indicted, you still get your pension" (OC Register). Moorlach led county supervisors to file suit to repeal the pension. The suit was rejected and is now pending appeal. Furthermore, there was a petition to put Carona’s pension back into OC schools, however nothing was been done yet and Carona is still collecting.
In a matter of time Carona went from “America’s Sherriff” to convicted felon. How did this happen? It all started when Mike Carona was appointed as the Marshal of Orange County. Carona had been a likable and popular sheriff, elected to the office three times by large margins as the head of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Carona’s rise to fame was on his hunt for…...

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