“I, uh, also want you to know that not only isn't he getting his sheriff's badge, there won't be a mother fucker from the Orange County Sheriff's Department that'll be there. So I called all of the command staff together and I said, 'Well, you know, I can't tell people what to do on their own time, but I'm telling all you guys cause I pay you and you're at will. If any of you show up to that thing, you're done.'”
–Then-Sheriff Mike Carona, who says the Bible governs his daily actions, caught on a secret 2007 FBI recording boasting about his petty efforts to punish outgoing Newport Beach police chief Bob McDonell at his retirement party. McDonell's sin? He wouldn't bow to Carona's massive ego.
(R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly)
R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.