Former LA County Sheriff Denied Bail Extension
Former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca was convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators. He is appealing the convictions and has asked a judge to extend his bail during the appeal process. Baca is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and is set to surrender next week to serve a three-year sentence on the federal charges. A judge refused to grant Baca’s wishes requiring that he turn himself in on his scheduled surrender date. His attorney, Nathan Hochman, is seeking a new trial. The appeals process could be lengthy taking months to be granted.
The case against Baca began in 2011 and lasted for five years. A total of nine people were found guilty in the obstruction case. One former captain at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department admitted to obstructing the FBI investigation into county jails. His testimony proved crucial in convicting Baca on several charges. The FBI investigation concluded gross misconduct occurred under Baca including failing to conduct proper cell checks, inmate beatings, and even inmate deaths. Baca, through his attorney, was hoping that the judge would allow him to remain released on bail while the appeals process took place. The judge did not find the argument persuasive. Baca is scheduled to surrender on July 25, 2017.