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Ex-O.C. Sheriff Carona free on bail

July 28, 2009 5:27:20 AM PDT
Former Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona will remain free on bail while appealing his conviction on a witness tampering charge.A federal appellate court panel ruled on Monday that he does not pose a flight risk or danger if released.

Carona was acquitted on five other corruption counts in January.

He had been scheduled to begin his five-and-a-half year prison term on July 24.

Briefs on his appeal are due September 8.

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