Sunday OC News Notes: Was DA Tony Rackauckas “Pathetic” in Pursuit of an Accused Serial Killer?

Recent highlights in Orange County news from various media outlets or blogs:

TheLiberalOC discusses the long reach of its bombshell story on state Assembly candidate Michele Martinez's controversial train conversation related to a California Indian tribe and campaign support

OCPoliticsBlog calls District Attorney Tony Rackauckas' decision to label accused serial killer Itzcoatl Ocampo “a monster” during last week's press conference “pathetic” given Ocampo's service as a Marine in Iraq.

, a veteran reporter at The Orange County Register,
features the 6-foot-4 and 300-pound Lloyd James Middaugh, a 42-year-old
murder victim and registered sex offender in the Ocampo affair

The Friends For Fullerton's Future wonders aloud if Register reporter Lou Ponsi works for the Fullerton Police Department when it comes to regurgitating government spin in the police killing of Kelly Thomas.

not surprising that a public library at a local community college was
named for an ultra-conservative politician who opposed the Civil Rights
Act and Voting Rights Act in the 1960s and now the Academic Senate at Saddleback College is seeking a new name, according to Dissent the Blog
. They wonder: Will college trustee, uncle Tom Fuentes step in to protect the shameful memory of James B. Utt? Or will Fuentes see yet another opportunity to put Ronald Reagan's name on something?

Sarah Peters at the Daily Pilot watched the Occupy OC folks use humor during a Friday protest outside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana.

On Saturday, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Nutville) used his Twitter account to opine that “Obama will create war & kill jobs because he listens to leftists about defense and Luddite extremists about energy.” Okay, Dana. Perhaps you should switch brands of Tequila. The current one is apparently contributing to your cranial misfirings. On second thought, please don't change a thing. You're precious just the way you are . . .


Gustavo introduces Bibliofella, a new weekly, Weekly column by KPFK's Andrew Tonkovich, who will write about Orange County book authors.

–R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

CNN-featured investigative reporter R. Scott 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; obtained one of the last exclusive prison interviews with Charles Manson disciple Susan Atkins; won inclusion in Jeffrey Toobin’s The Best American Crime Reporting for his coverage of a white supremacist’s senseless murder of a beloved Vietnamese refugee; launched multi-year probes that resulted in the FBI arrests and convictions of the top three ranking members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department; and gained praise from New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing entrenched Southern California law enforcement corruption.

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