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Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca Faces Prison After Losing Appeal

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Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca Faces Prison After Losing Appeal
FEBRUARY 11, 2019

An appeals court upheld the conviction of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca on Monday, clearing the way for the once powerful but now ailing law enforcement figure to spend years in prison for obstructing justice and lying to federal authorities.

Baca, 76, was sentenced in 2017 to three years behind bars after a jury found he had helped orchestrate a scheme to interfere with an FBI investigation into abuses in county jails and later lied to prosecutors about his role.

Attorneys for Baca, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, appealed the verdict, arguing it had been tainted by rulings U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson had made during the trial and so should be reversed. Among several alleged errors, they focused on Anderson’s decision to bar the jury from hearing testimony about Baca’s illness and about a conversation he had with an aide about the FBI’s investigation. Either piece of information, the defense team said, could have helped sway the jury in Baca’s favor.

But the three-judge panel from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected those claims, finding the trial was fair and the conviction legally sound.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.
 

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Now for him to actually enter a jail cell and with Alzheimers, he ain't going to remember much

Is this really justice?

However, the Ninth Circuit Court? WTF?
 

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