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LATimes: L.A. County jail verdicts don’t let sheriff leaders off the hook

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Victoria Kim and Cindy Chang
July 2, 2014

Former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was testifying in the case of a deputy charged with obstruction of justice earlier this year when the prosecutor asked if he was familiar with a common investigative tactic: Start with low-level criminals, then go after their bosses.

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LATimes: 6 L.A. County deputies convicted of impeding FBI’s jail probe

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Victoria Kim and Cindy Chang
July 1, 2014

A jury Tuesday found six members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department guilty of attempting to impede a federal civil rights inquiry into the county jails, providing prosecutors with a decisive victory as they continue to investigate higher-level officials tied to the scandal.

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By Fred Shuster, City News Service
Posted: 06/20/14, 6:02 PM PDT |

A prosecutor urged a jury Friday to convict six members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department of witness tampering, but their attorneys countered that the defendants were simply following orders from superiors when they helped keep an inmate informant hidden within the jail system during a federal probe of prisoner abuse.

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LATimes: L.A. County jails probe ignited by inmate’s letter, FBI agent says

Los Angeles County Sheriff

Victoria Kim
May 15, 2014

The wide-reaching federal investigation into abuse and corruption in L.A. County jails that has thus far ensnared 20 deputies in the largest mass arrests of sheriff’s officials in decades arose out of a letter from a jail inmate detailing instances of violence by deputies, the lead case agent testified Wednesday.

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LATimes: Claims allege Baca, Tanaka authorized handling of FBI informant

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Three sheriff’s deputies charged with hindering a federal investigation file claims stating that Lee Baca and Paul Tanaka directed the handling of an inmate working as a federal informant.

By Robert Faturechi
March 6, 2014, 8:45 p.m.

Former Sheriff Lee Baca and his top aide authorized the controversial handling of a Los Angeles County jail inmate who was found to be secretly working as a federal informant, according to a court filing by three of the deputies facing federal charges in connection with the incident.

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By Sarah Favot, Pasadena Star-News
Posted: 01/23/14, 7:45 PM PST |

COMMERCE >> An annual review of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which was issued Thursday, detailed instances of sex, lies and innovative uses of videotape.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Los Angeles sheriff’s departure shows need for revising office

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 – 12:00 am

Were one to identify California’s 10 most powerful political offices, the list would, of course, begin with the governor.

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LADailyNews: Slew of candidates set to run for L.A. County sheriff

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By Beatriz Valenzuela, Press-Telegram,
Greg Yee, Press-Telegram and Sandy Mazza, Daily Breeze
Posted: 01/07/14, 8:05 PM PST |

Those who decide to run to be head of the nation’s largest sheriff’s department will face a series of issues that will test their leadership.

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InlandPolitics: Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca to resign

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Monday, Janaury 6, 2013 – 11:30 p.m

Los Angeles new outlets are reporting that embattled Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will resign as early as tomorrow.

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LATimes: 2013: A great year for scandal, incompetence and corruption

Sheriff Lee Baca

It’s time to salute Sheriff Baca, IBEW executive Brian D’Arcy and L.A. Unified, among others, for contributing to a great news year. Now for the scandals of 2014.

By Steve Lopez
December 28, 2013, 4:00 p.m.

In more ways than one, I’m sorry to see 2013 fade into the books. Thanks to a steady run of incompetence, corruption and bungling by various public officials, it was a banner year for local news in Greater Los Angeles.

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Those hired by other L.A. county agencies included an officer who cut a man’s neck with a knife in an off-duty fight, records show.

By Ben Poston and Robert Faturechi
December 29, 2013

Dozens of police officers rejected for jobs at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after investigators found evidence of dishonesty or past misconduct were given positions elsewhere in county government, according to interviews and internal hiring records reviewed by The Times.

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LA DailyNews: L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca summoned to explain questionable hires

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In this Oct. 3, 2012 file photo L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca holds a press conference at Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles to respond to the findings and recommendations of the Citizens’ Comission on Jail Violence. (Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 12/18/13, 5:50 PM PST |

It was not only the Sheriff’s Department that absorbed troublesome officers from Los Angeles County’s now defunct police force despite knowing about their previous misconduct – several other county agencies did the same, including those charged with public safety.

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The Sun: Deputy arrests could cost Los Angeles County millions in civil suits

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Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Men’s Central Jail Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Hans Gutknecht – Staff Photographer

By Kelly Goff, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 12/14/13, 1:11 PM PST |

Several of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies named in federal indictments last week are also named defendants in civil lawsuits that could end up costing the county millions of dollars.

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Lee Baca

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca takes questions from the media after the FBI released results of a federal probe, Monday, Dec 9, 2013 at a news conference in Los Angeles. Nick Ut — The associated press

By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 12/14/13, 1:00 PM PST |

Hours after the FBI rounded up 18 of his officers for various alleged crimes, ranging from beating inmates to obstruction of justice, Sheriff Lee Baca tried to project the image of someone who had the situation under control.

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DailyBulletin: LA Sheriff’s corruption probe: Union leader fires back at charges

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Bill Lewis, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division, left, with Andre Birotte, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, right, comment on the five criminal cases filed against 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriffís deputies as part of an FBI investigation into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption in the nationís largest jail system, during a news conference in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
and Kelly Goff, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 12/10/13, 8:08 PM PST | Updated: 1 hr ago

The union boss for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday stepped to the defense of deputies arrested in misconduct at county jails, accusing the FBI of waging a “vendetta” against some of them and adding that some of their behavior was authorized by higher-ups in the department.

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LATimes: 18 Los Angeles sheriff’s officials indicted, accused of abuse, obstruction

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Andre Birotte Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, announces that 18 current or former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials have been indicted in five separate criminal cases in connection with a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of abuse and misconduct inside the county’s jails. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / December 9, 2013)

By Robert Faturechi and Jack Leonard
December 9, 2013, 1:40 p.m.

Eighteen current or former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials have been indicted in five separate criminal cases in connection with a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of abuse and misconduct inside L.A. County jails.

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LATimes: Sheriff Baca accused of retaliating against department officials

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Of the nine captains who have publicly backed former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, left, in his bid to replace Sheriff Lee Baca, right, four were transferred to other jobs. (Los Angeles Times)

By Seema Mehta
October 24, 2013

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials who have backed a rival of Sheriff Lee Baca in next year’s election claim they are being retaliated against with reassignments to distant locales or less desirable duties, according to interviews and documents.

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DailyBulletin: Bad times for politicians, both national and local

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By Doug McIntyre, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 10/19/13, 4:27 PM PDT |

It hasn’t been a good week for politicians.

First came the pathetic end to the slow motion train wreck known as the government shutdown. Then came an avalanche of scandals closer to home.

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LADailyNews: Sheriff Baca will fight liability in jail beating case

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In this 2010 file photo, Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca speaks after being sworn into office at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Los Angeles. (File photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News

Posted: 10/18/13, 7:42 PM PDT | Updated: 22 mins ago

The decades of problems within the Los Angeles County jail system took a new turn this week when a federal-court jury decided Sheriff Lee Baca should be held personally liable for the injuries suffered by an inmate in 2009.

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LATimes: L.A. Sheriff Baca held liable for $100,000 in inmate abuse case

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By Abby Sewell and Robert Faturechi
October 17, 2013, 6:54 p.m.

A federal jury has found Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca personally liable in a case involving abuse of an inmate in the Men’s Central Jail, meaning the sheriff could be required to pay $100,000 out of pocket.

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LADailyNews: L.A. County tries to put more eyes, ears on Sheriff’s Department

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By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 09/17/13, 6:53 PM PDT | Updated: 5 hrs ago

Saying the troubled Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department should be placed under greater scrutiny, the county Board of Supervisors stepped up its search for an inspector general Tuesday but stopped short of creating a proposed citizens oversight commission.

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LATimes: Former L.A. County undersheriff to run against Sheriff Lee Baca

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Paul Tanaka, who was ousted by Baca, says the department needs a new direction. His role in jail scandals is controversial.

By Seema Mehta
August 15, 2013, 7:57 p.m.

Paul Tanaka, a former Los Angeles County undersheriff who was ousted by Sheriff Lee Baca earlier this year, announced Thursday that he’s challenging his former boss.

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LATimes: Baca faces challenge from former Sheriff’s Dept. commander

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Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca

By Robert Faturechi and Jack Leonard
August 14, 2013, 6:00 a.m.

A retired Los Angeles County sheriff’s commander who played a role in exposing abuses inside the agency’s jails announced Wednesday that he is going to challenge Sheriff Lee Baca in next year’s election.

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LATimes: California’s county jails struggle to house influx of state prisoners

By Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
December 10, 2011

The early release of inmates in some parts of California is accelerating as officials at county jails struggle to accommodate state prisoners flowing into their facilities.

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LATimes: Sheriff’s staff raised red flags about jail brutality 2 years ago

Confidential Sheriff’s Department memos focused on force at Men’s Central Jail, an aging downtown Los Angeles facility that Sheriff Lee Baca has said should be torn down and replaced. (Damian Dovarganes, Associated Press / September 28, 2011)

By Jack Leonard and Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
October 29, 2011, 9:25 p.m.

Nearly two years before Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca acknowledged that jailer brutality was a problem, his command staff raised alarms about excessive force used on inmates in the nation’s largest jail system, according to confidential memos reviewed by The Times.

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LATimes: Baca says he was out of touch with county’s jails

The Los Angeles County sheriff said he failed to implement important reforms that could have minimized brutality. He also said his command staff has at times left him in the dark about jail conditions.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, left, meets with the editorial board at the Los Angeles Times. (Al Seib, Los Angeles Times / October 14, 2011)

By Jack Leonard and Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
October 16, 2011, 5:55 p.m.

In a searing self-critique, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca acknowledged that he was out of touch about problems in his jails and had failed to implement important reforms that could have minimized deputy brutality against inmates.

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LATimes: Sheriff’s Department hired rookie with ties to Lee Baca’s son

John W. Pace, left, stands out as the only recruit wearing the Sheriff’s Department’s tan and green uniform at the graduation of academy Class 383 in April. The other 18 recruits are from local police agencies. (Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times / May 29, 2011)

By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
May 29, 2011

In an effort to cut costs, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has not hired any rookie deputies in the last 19 months, with one exception: an applicant with ties to Sheriff Lee Baca’s son.

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