LA County Sheriff

Cindy Chang
June 18, 2014

A videotape of an encounter between two sheriff’s sergeants and an FBI agent outside the agent’s home, played in federal court Wednesday, showed a surprisingly polite exchange, even as the agent was advised she would soon be arrested.

The one-minute conversation is central to the federal government’s case against the two sergeants, Scott Craig and Maricela Long, who are on trial with four other sheriff’s officials for allegedly obstructing an investigation into brutality and corruption in the Los Angeles County jails.

Last month, the trial of a sheriff’s deputy on similar charges ended in a hung jury.

Craig testified Wednesday that sheriff’s officials were building a criminal case against the FBI agent, Leah Marx, and a colleague for introducing a cellphone into Men’s Central Jail.

When he spoke to Marx at her house, Craig said, he was trying to tell her “where this was going, the seriousness of it, that there was no more investigation to be done and that it culminates with it being reviewed by the district attorney.”

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