Producers at 60 Minutes announced this week they will air a May 21 CBS broadcast that will include a feature on Orange County’s notorious jailhouse informant scandal.
The controversy is sensational but also complex, especially given strenuous cover-up efforts by District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, two unapologetic politicians.
(You can watch a preview clip of the show’s OC segment HERE.)
So, we’ve collected a series of articles from various news outlets to aid the show’s viewers understand what has become one of California’s most embarrassing, ongoing criminal justice disasters.
Here you go:
The Orange County Informant Scandal Just Got A Lot Nuttier, The Washington Post;
Meet OC & LA Law Enforcement’s Favorite Rats, OC Weekly;
U.S. Examines Whether Orange County Violated Defendants’ Rights, The New York Times;
Jailhouse Informant Scandal Is Rocking Criminal Justice System In Orange County, KABC News Los Angeles;
O.C. Prosecutors Steering Cases Away from Judge Thomas Goethals, Los Angeles Times;
Judge Goethals: If Somebody Destroys Jailhouse Snitch Records, They’re Going To Jail, Orange County Register;
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.