A jail informant scandal has unraveled numerous high-profile cases and threatens to upend still more.
The judge had removed the death penalty as an option because of law enforcement's misuse of a jailhouse informant.
It's a rare move and leaves Scott Dekraai likely facing eight consecutive life sentences.
Legal experts say the jurors' "witch hunt" finding demonstrates the need for an independent probe in Orange County.
As sheriff's department officials clam up, the sentencing in an Orange County massacre remains mired in misconduct.
But that hasn't stopped his Orange County prosecutors from using them to secure convictions for decades.
Embattled Orange County Prosecutor Linked To Jailhouse Snitch Scandal Is Resigning And Leaving California
Erik Petersen is accused of mishandling critical evidence affecting several criminal cases.
One such case was that of Leonel Vega. Last year, when key evidence collected through the snitch program wasn't turned over
This story has been updated with comment from Deputy Public Defender Scott Sanders. "Certain aspects of the district attorney's
Now that the OCDA's office has been recused, the office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris will take over the responsibilities