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Former Sheriff Baca convicted of obstructing justice

LOS ANGELES — Ex-Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was convicted March 15 of obstruction of justice and two other federal charges for orchestrating a scheme to thwart an FBI investigation into inmate mistreatment in the jails he ran and of lying to the bureau. After about two days of deliberations, a jury found that Read More…

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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…