Ex-LA County Sheriff Lee Baca convicted in jail corruption case


LOS ANGELES — Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was convicted Wednesday of obstructing an FBI investigation into corrupt and violent guards who took bribes to smuggle contraband into the jails he ran and savagely beat inmates.

The trial, the second Baca faced after a jury last year deadlocked 11-1 in favor of acquittal on obstruction charges, cast a dark shadow over a distinguished 50-year law enforcement career that abruptly ended with his resignation in 2014 as the corruption investigation spread from rank-and-file deputies to his inner circle.

In addition to tarnishing his reputation as a policing innovator and jail reformer, the case threatened to put Baca, 74, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, behind bars.

He faces up to 20 years in prison, CBS Los Angeles reports.

“The former sheriff has now been held accountable for overseeing a widespread scheme to obstruct justice by issuing orders designed to protect a corrupt culture,” Acting U.S. Attorney Sandra R. Brown said in a statement. “As the Sheriff for Los Angeles County, Mr. Baca had a duty to uphold the law, a duty he utterly failed when he played an active role in undermining a federal investigation into illegal conduct at the jails. Today’s verdict shows that no one is above the law.”

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  1. Just add him to all the other neo-fascist sheriffs. David Clarke is another sadistic psychopath who allowed a man to die of dehydration while in his custody. The Secret black site operated by Chicago PD.
    What else are we going to discover?
    How many more people have to be tortured and murdered in America’s jails before they realize something is terribly wrong?
    America is a failed state. It has never lived up to its own hype and fir the past 125 years or more it has gradually become that which it condemns in others. Now it has become a nation nearing the end of its life.
    Socially, politically, financially and morally it is collapsing in on itself.
    That so many are being deliberately brutalized in the nations jails, let alone in the prisons, indicates a complete breakdown in societal norms. America has reverted back to when jails were nothing but dungeons of torture and death.
    If this were happening in another country, the Human Rights Watch and the U.N would be investigating.
    Nothing to see here, move along.

  2. Nothing worse than a lying cheating corrupt sheriff. I hope the judge jails him immediately during the appeals. He must think he is a five star general.

  3. Regardless of ‘Mad Baca’ or ‘Mad Vaca’ (“Vaca Loca” — “Mad Cow” in Spanish), arrest & convict him!

    Same with Trump & Flynn. Taking foreign “Emoluments” to be/act as Prez is impeachable & removable.

  4. In another astounding case, A Lowell, N.C. police officer, James Blair has plead guilty to the charge of statutory rape for impregnating a 14 year old girl. He has been sentenced to 19 year in prison, after release, he will have to wear an ankle monitor for the rest of his life as well as register as a sex offender.
    The girl’s mother stated Blair has volunteered to mentor her daughter but eventually she learned he had inappropriate contact with her daughter in his police car and his home.
    Maybe he just thought she looked like his sister.
    ” Barney, I thought I told you to keep it in your pants!”
    “Gosh Andy, I didn’t know she was only 14.”

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