Trials and Arbitration

Former Orange County court clerk is sentenced to prison for taking bribes in ticket-fixing scandal

A former Orange County court clerk was sentenced Friday to more than 11 years in prison for running a bribery scam in which he forged computer records to close out more than 1,000 criminal and traffic cases in ways that were favorable to the accused.

Jose Lopez Jr., 36, learned his punishment during a morning hearing in a Santa Ana courtroom. The sentence followed the Anaheim resident’s guilty plea in March to one count of conspiring to violate federal racketeering laws.

In handing down the 135-month sentence, U.S. District Judge Josephine L. Staton said the scheme Lopez orchestrated “was not an aberration from his character — this was his character,” according to a...

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