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After a six-year investigation, the DOJ says Orange County law-enforcement unconstitutionally used jailhouse informants to elicit confessions and incriminating evidence from people for years.
Deputies in Orange County wrote false reports about their collection and booking of evidence, according to internal audits kept secret for months.
Advocates say Anthony Aceves’s death conforms with long-standing issues in the second-largest jail system in California.
Phone calls between prisoners in Orange County and their lawyers were recorded and accessed. How wide the eavesdropping was remains an open question.
The California county has a thin blue line that appears to protect not just the police, but also the DA’s office, criminal justice advocates say.
Todd Spitzer blasted Global Tel Link for recording attorney-client phone calls, but his campaign won’t call on a PAC supporting his candidacy to return the company’s lobbyist’s donation.