AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “They’re not going to be able to prove in any way that he conspired with anyone to solicit cases,” Barnett told The Associated Press on Friday night. Barnett also said Cavallo plans to continue to represent Jaramillo. Barnett was co-counsel with Cavallo in the Haidl case. He also testified before the grand jury that handed down the current indictment against Cavallo. Rackauckas dismissed claims that the charges were retribution, adding that their timing was coincidental. “That’s just not what we do,” Rackauckas said, adding that prosecutors have been investigating the bail-bonds scheme for more than a year. “We’re not in the business of prosecuting people just because we don’t like them.” Rackauckas said the investigation began when bail-bonds agents from other companies complained that they couldn’t compete with Xtreme because of the deals it was getting for its customers. He said he didn’t know how much of a discount may have been involved. Deputy District Attorney Brian Gurwitz said Cavallo gave Xtreme “financial consideration” for the referrals, but declined to elaborate. He would not say whether Cavallo was indirectly paying the bonuses Xtreme employees received for successfully referring clients to him. Xtreme’s co-owners, Jorge Andrews Castro and Alejandro De Jesus Cruz, also were charged in the case. Along with conspiracy, Castro and Cruz face charges of using inmates to solicit customers inside the jail. Cavallo and Castro made brief court appearances Friday and will be arraigned Nov. 4. Cruz remains at large, officials said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA ANA – A prominent Orange County attorney who recently represented the son of a former assistant sheriff on gang-rape charges has been indicted in connection with giving kickbacks to a bail-bonds company, prosecutors said Friday. The indictment returned this week also accused Joseph Gerard Cavallo, 50, of offering reduced rates to defendants referred to him by Xtreme Bail Bonds. If convicted, Cavallo would face a maximum of nearly four years in prison for the three felony charges, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said. Cavallo has been involved in two high-profile cases involving the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Earlier this year, he represented Gregory Haidl, the 20-year-old son of the county’s former assistant sheriff. The younger Haidl was convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage girl with a pool cue, juice bottles and a cigarette. Cavallo also represents former Assistant Sheriff George Jaramillo, who was fired by Sheriff Michael Carona last year. Jaramillo has been charged with bribery in a separate corruption case. Last month, Cavallo filed a $5 million lawsuit accusing the sheriff of threatening him over his representation of Jaramillo. Cavallo’s attorney, John D. Barnett, has said the allegations against Cavallo were political retribution for both the lawsuit and Cavallo’s vocal criticism of the District Attorney’s Office during the Haidl case. He called it “very curious” that the charges came after Cavallo criticized the District Attorney’s Office’s handling of those cases.