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Jurors ‘hopelessly deadlocked,’ mistrial declared in Baca trial

LOS ANGELES — With jurors saying they were hopelessly deadlocked, a judge declared a mistrial Dec. 22 in the federal corruption trial of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, saying the possibility of “coercion” played a role in his decision. The mistrial came on the fourth day of deliberations by the six-man, six-woman jury Read More…

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Judge denies request to move former sheriff’s trial

LOS ANGELES — A judge rejected a defense motion Oct. 31 to move the corruption case against former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca out of the region, and turned down an attempt to have the lead prosecutor taken off the forthcoming trial. In a nearly two-hour hearing, defense attorney Nathan Hochman argued that pretrial Read More…

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Baca ordered to undergo mental competency exam

LOS ANGELES — A federal judge has ordered a psychological examination of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca to determine if he suffers from any mental impairment that would prevent him from understanding the corruption charges against him or assisting in his own defense, according to court papers obtained Aug. 29. In his order Read More…