Legal experts call for U.S. investigation of Orange County use of jailhouse informants

More than 30 retired prosecutors, prominent professors and other legal heavyweights signed on to a letter this week asking for a federal investigation of the Orange County district attorney’s office and Orange County Sheriff’s Department over their use of jailhouse informants.

“We the undersigned share a firm belief in our criminal justice system and its overall ability to produce fair and reliable results,” according to the letter addressed to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. “Compelling evidence of pervasive police and prosecutorial misconduct in Orange County, however, has caused us grave concern.”