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Judge refuses to toss out Carona's conviction

March 31, 2009 |  2:25 pm

A federal judge today rejected former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona's request to toss out his felony conviction for witness tampering in a corruption case, clearing the way for his sentencing in April.

His attorneys had argued that the ex-lawman was charged and convicted under the wrong statute.

But U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford denied the motion and others Carona was counting on to reverse the jury's verdict this year. Carona is scheduled to be sentenced April 27 for trying to persuade former Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl to lie to a grand jury investigating corruption in the sheriff's administration.

Probation officers have recommended that Carona serve 6 1/2 years in federal prison. Carona's attorneys are seeking probation.

-- Christine Hanley

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