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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…

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Judge sets Dec. 6 trial date for former sheriff Baca

LOS ANGELES — A Dec. 6 trial date has been set for former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who faces charges of conspiring to obstruct a federal probe into misconduct by jail deputies. Baca is charged with conspiring to obstruct justice, obstructing justice and lying to the federal government, stemming from his alleged response Read More…

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Baca pleads not guilty to three federal charges

LOS ANGELES — Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded not guilty Aug. 12 to federal charges of conspiring to obstruct a federal probe into misconduct by deputies in the jails. At his arraignment in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom, the 74-year-old ex-lawman told U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson that he had “cloudiness” on Read More…