Ex-OC Sheriff's Public Corrruption Trial Winds Up

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - The long soap opera that has been the trial of former Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona is coming to an end.

Closing arguments are set to begin in the trial this morning and jurors could get the case by the end of the day.

For nearly two months, jurors in the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana have heard from a parade of witnesses describing marital infidelity, government informants, clandestine money drops and a secret closet full of recording equipment.

The 53-year-old Carona has pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy, three counts of mail fraud and two counts of witness
tampering.

Prosecutors claim he accepted tens of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for the power of his office.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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