Jail Informants Under Fire in Orange County

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on April 1, 2014 · 0 comments

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orange county defense lawyerOrange County defense attorneys are challenging the use of jailhouse informants in a notorious mass-murder case. The public defender in the case, accuses prosecutors of improperly interrogating suspects and then covering their tracks.

Scott Sanders first noticed the unusual pattern of witnesses when he discovered the same jailhouse informant was used in two of his death-penalty cases. One case was for a 2011 mass-shooting at an Orange County nail salon. His client, Scott Dekraai, was convicted of the crime and now faces the death penalty.

The hearings, which began March 18, are highly unusual and included testimony from inmates asked to snitch on other inmates in exchange for shorter sentences. Sanders says certain inmates were shuffled through the prison system and deliberately housed with other high-profile inmates in order to record conversations, confessions and other useful information.

Prosecutors deny the allegations, and say Dekraai began talking on his own, so they bugged his cell to get information to use at trial. Although jailhouse informants are allowed to give information to authorities, they are not allowed to actively question other inmates who have legal representation or who have requested it.

The Law Office of Salvatore Ciulla located in Orange County, California, represents individuals accused of murder and manslaughter, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and embezzlement, child abuse and domestic violence, narcotics possession and sales, drunk driving (DUI) and vehicular homicide, sexual assault and three strikes cases. We also take Juvenile Court cases and all misdemeanor offenses.

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