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Assistant sheriff convicted of perjury could get $270,000 from O.C.

A former Orange County assistant sheriff fired in 2004 and given a one-year jail sentence for a perjury conviction could receive about $270,000 in back pay under a judge's tentative ruling that he was wrongfully terminated by then-Sheriff Michael S. Carona, his attorney said Tuesday.

In a tentative ruling issued June 19, Orange County Superior Court Judge Andrew Banks found that Carona, who was recently convicted of witness-tampering and sentenced to more than five years in prison, denied his former chief of staff, George Jaramillo, notice of termination and a due-process hearing.

The judge's ruling did not specify the award amount, but Jaramillo's attorney, Joel Baruch, said his client would probably receive about $270,000 for the nearly three years of back pay. The actual amount will be calculated by the county.

The estimated $270,000 in back pay does not include a request for about $500,000 in attorneys fees or possible "pre-judgment interest" the judge may attach to the final figure, Baruch said.

-- Tami Abdollah

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This is utterly insane. This guy is guilty of dereliction of duty, and now Orange is going to pay him for his crimes? Way to go Orange County, you are indeed in a vacuum of reason.


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