1977: When a U.S. Congressman gets sentenced to prison, it’s big news. It happened once in Orange County.
As a conservative republican in conservative Orange County, Rep. Andrew J. Hinshaw had one of the safest seats in the House – until he was arrested and charged with accepting bribes from the Tandy Corporation in his previous job as Orange County assessor.
After a headline-making trial during which he was represented by two of the top lawyers of the day, Marshall Morgan and Robert Green, Hinshaw was convicted and sentenced to prison for one to 14 years.
He served a year. He was also convicted of misappropriating funds for using his employees in the assessor’s office and county supplies in his 1972 run for his congressional seat.
The prosecutor was Michael Capizzi, who later became Orange County’s district attorney.