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OC Sheriff Michael Carona on Trial, Day 2

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Three witnesses took the stand yesterday in the case where U.S. District Attorneys are trying former elected Orange County Sheriff Michael Corona for illegally winning his 1998 election, taking bribes and returning favors. Both a pilot and a tailor who were asked to give $1000 to his campaign and then reimbursed by friend and eventual assistant sheriff Don Haidl to avoid campaign contribution limits stood on the witness stand describing what they did and knew. In the afternoon, the accountant for Debra Hoffman, Carona's mistress, talked about their "love nest" and a secret account where they would hide their money. Carona's wife, Deborah, is also allegedly involved, but she will stand trial in a separate case later.