OC Court Clerk Illegally Fixed About 1,000 DUI and Other Traffic Cases: Officials

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The Plaza of the Flags stands near Orange County Superior Court in an undated file photo. (Credit: Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times)

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After getting arrested on suspicion of a second DUI last fall, David Hernandez heard from a friend of a friend that there was someone in the Orange County court system who could “fix things.”

Last November, Hernandez said, he paid $8,000 through a middleman to the fixer. For a while, it seemed as though the case had gone away.

But about three weeks ago, Hernandez received a letter ordering him to appear in a Westminster court Friday. There, officials told him they had discovered irregularities in his case.

Officials now say that about 1,000 DUI and misdemeanor traffic cases were “fixed” by a clerk, who has not been identified. The clerk apparently created fake plea deals with heavily reduced penalties.

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