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Former Sheriff Baca sentenced to three years in prison

LOS ANGELES — Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was sentenced May 12 to three years in prison and one year of supervised release for obstructing a federal probe into corruption in the jails. Baca also was ordered to pay a $7,500 fine. Baca’s attorneys had asked that he serve only home detention, and 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…