ACLU Lawsuit Challenges Violence in Baca's L.A. County Jails

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    ACLU of Southern California Statement on Jury Verdict in Trial of Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca


    Please attribute the following statement to Peter Eliasberg, chief counsel and Manheim Family attorney for First Amendment Rights at the ACLU of Southern California, on the jury’s verdict in the federal trial of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who was convicted on three felonies of obstruction of justice, conspiracy and making false statement to federal investigators:

    "The jury’s decision to convict Lee Baca for obstructing an FBI investigation into widespread abuse of jail inmates was yet another acknowledgment that for many years our county jail system has been broken and must be held up to greater public scrutiny.

    The ACLU of Southern California applauds the positive steps the county has taken toward reforming its policies and practices to curb physical abuse in the wake of the report by the Citizens Commission on Jail Violence and the entry of the consent decree in the Rosas v. Baca​ lawsuit brought by the ACLU and its co-counsel, Paul Hastings. This also includes the creation of the Civilian Oversight Commission. But those steps, along with the convictions of Baca and Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, do not mitigate the continued need for reform.

    In addition, overcrowding and unsanitary conditions continue to plague the jails. Inmates with mental illnesses, many of whom belong not in jail but in community treatment, frequently do not receive proper care for their conditions. People are kept in jail pretrial simply because they are too poor to make bail. We urge Sheriff Jim McDonnell and county officials to institute new policies that will ensure proper treatment for inmates with mental illness and reform of the pretrial system. These changes will help lower the jail population, allow for the closure of Men’s Central Jail, which is little more than a modern-day medieval dungeon, and allow the county to reconsider its misguided plans to build a massive new jail.

    Moving forward on these reforms will make the Los Angeles County jail system a model for the nation.​​"

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  2. The Wrong Guy Member


    Former LA County sheriff guilty of corruption, faces 20 years in federal prison | RT America


    A federal jury has found former Los Angeles County sheriff Lee Baca guilty of corruption charges. He previously avoided conviction when a mistrial was declared. Now the prominent law enforcement leader could be behind bars for two decades.

    After two full days of jury deliberations, a unanimous verdict was handed down against Baca on Wednesday, finding him guilty of assisting in the obstruction of a 2011 FBI investigation into LA County jail guards brutally beating inmates, taking bribes and lying to federal agents about it.

    Baca, 74, himself was also determined to have been lying about his role in the obstruction, which prosecutors said was ordered from the top in the nation’s largest sheriff’s department.

    During the trial, Assistant US Attorney Lizabeth Rhodes said, “when defendant Baca learned the FBI and a federal grand jury was investigating, he obstructed and when he learned the FBI has turned its focus on him, he lied,” KABC reported.

    Defense attorney Nathan Hochman told jurors there was “no evidence Sheriff Baca gave orders to obstruct the FBI,” according to KABC.

    This was Baca’s second trial on corruption charges. The first was declared a mistrial in December when one juror out of 12 refused to vote for acquittal.

    Upon learning that the FBI had an informant inmate in the LA County jail system, guards secretly moved the informant and lied to FBI agents about his whereabouts. In September 2011, a female FBI agent working the probe was threatened with arrest at her own home by two sergeants from the LA Sheriff’s Department. Former Los Angeles Times reporter, Robert Faturechi, told jurors in the first trial that Baca had told him in an interview that he “directed” the sergeants to initiate the encounter.

    Baca was sheriff from 1998 to 2014, when he retired as news of the jail guard scandal broke. He is the eighth department official to be convicted in the FBI’s probe, according to KCBS.

    Baca is also reportedly to be in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

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  3. Quentinanon Member
    "Baca showed no emotion as the verdicts were read in a packed downtown courtroom."
    "Jurors convicted Baca of three felonies: obstruction of justice, conspiracy and making false statements to federal investigators."

    Baca showed no "human emotion and reaction" to the conviction on three felony charges.
    What a scientologist. What a psychopath.
    "Never fear to hurt another in a just cause." L. Ron Hubbard

    "Baca, who is 74 and suffers from the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, now faces the likelihood of time in federal prison."

    Never fret, Lee, you can get scientology even in prison through the wildly successful Criminon program. Just ask Charles Manson, it really, really works.

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  4. Quentinanon Member

    I can't understand why Sophia Milos didn't show up to escort him out of the courthouse. After all, Lee was on "The Way to Happiness".

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  6. The Wrong Guy Member

    As former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca awaits sentencing, Scientology sticks by its man

    By Tony Ortega, April 30, 2017


    Prosecutors recently lowered their request from four years in prison to two, acknowledging Baca’s age and his mental condition. Meanwhile, more than 200 letters were sent to Judge Anderson by supporters of Baca asking for leniency. They included letters from his wife Carol, who detailed Baca’s dementia, as well as his son David, and Baca’s ex-wife, Judith. Letters were sent by members of law enforcement, current and former politicians, members of local clergy, and other community activists. Letters were sent by Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, former California governors Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Los Angeles district attorney Steve Cooley, attorney Robert Shapiro, Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda, businessman Lee Iacocca, and even former Rams player Rosey Grier.

    Three letters were sent by Scientologists. Bob Adams is a former NFL player who works as a spokesman for Scientology. In his letter to the judge, he didn’t mention anything about his job working for the church. Caralyn Percy identified herself as a Scientology Volunteer Minister. And Janet Weiland, who has the title “vice president,” has been well known to us for a long time. She makes a pretty creepy appearance in our 2001 story about Tory Christman when she suddenly showed up at Burbank’s airport, somehow knowing that Tory was about to take a flight across the country to meet with people at the Lisa McPherson Trust, a group highly critical of the church. It was also Weiland who more recently was dispatched to get Fred Haseney kicked out of his low-income housing in Los Angeles after Fred repeatedly took photos of church property.

    And so here Adams, Percy, and Weiland are doing what they can to help out Lee Baca. And why not? The sheriff was a loyal friend to Scientology for many years, showing up for parades and other events. The least they could do was go to bat for Baca as he’s facing prison.

    Let us know if anything strikes you about what’s in the letters. They seem competent to us. But who knows what Judge Anderson is going to decide.

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  7. The Wrong Guy Member

    Sheriff whistleblower who testified in federal obstruction case gets $1.275-million settlement | LA Times


    former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy whose testimony helped send colleagues to prison for obstructing an FBI investigation into abuses inside the county jails will receive $1.275 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the department of retaliating against her.

    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the settlement of Tara Jan Adams’ federal civil rights lawsuit without comment.

    Adams was a vital witness in the federal prosecution of Sheriff’s Department officials in a jail abuse scandal that saw the conviction of former Sheriff Lee Baca.

    The onetime deputy in the records bureau at the Inmate Reception Center testified that a lieutenant and three deputies asked in August 2011 to remove inmate Anthony Brown from the jail booking system. The officials were seeking to conceal Brown, a federal informant, from his FBI agent handlers after learning he was helping the agency probe jailhouse abuses.

    When Adams refused, she said she was told then-Undersheriff Paul Tanaka ordered it be done. Another colleague would eventually erase Brown from the booking system, and the inmate was reentered under various aliases.

    Adams later accused sheriff’s officials of threatening her and denying her promotion because of her refusal to cooperate in the conspiracy.

    In all, 10 people — from low-level deputies to Baca and his second in command, Tanaka — have been convicted or pleaded guilty in connection with the scheme. Baca is awaiting sentencing for obstructing the federal investigation. Tanaka is serving five years in prison for conspiracy and obstruction.

    Adams “was one of the bravest deputies I have known,” said Greg Smith, her attorney. “She told the truth knowing Baca and Tanaka would wield the power of the Sheriff’s Department against her. She picked the truth over her career.”


    U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson in sentencing some of the deputies said that none had shown the courage of Adams. She served with the department from 2007 to 2014, when her suit alleges she was constructively fired because she was afraid to return to work at the end of her maternity leave.

    According to her lawsuit, Adams said her testimony before the grand jury led to threats. Two deputies, she alleged in March 2013, informed her that they believed that she was in physical danger and that she needed to “watch her back,” have her gun with her and “be prepared to use it.”

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  10. The Wrong Guy Member

    Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca sentenced to three years in prison in jail corruption scandal | Los Angeles Times


    Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, once a towering, respected figure in policing, was sentenced Friday to three years in federal prison for his role in a scheme to obstruct an FBI investigation of abuses in county jails, marking an end to a corruption scandal that has roiled the Sheriff’s Department for several years.

    U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson announced Baca’s fate in a downtown courtroom filled with loyal supporters on one side and the FBI agents and prosecutors who ensnared him on the other. Baca, 74 and suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, showed no emotion as the decision was read.

    Before issuing the sentence, Anderson, who has dealt unsparingly with the former sheriff throughout his legal battle and last year threw out a plea deal that would have sent Baca to prison for no more than six months, unleashed a scathing rebuke of the man who ran one of the nation’s largest law enforcement agencies for 15 years.

    Excoriating Baca’s refusal to accept responsibility for having overseen and condoned the obstruction ploy carried out by subordinates, the judge portrayed him as a man driven by his desire to protect his own reputation and maintain control over the Sheriff’s Department.

    “Your actions embarrass the thousands of men and women [in the department] who put their lives on the line every day,” Anderson said to Baca. “They were a gross abuse of the trust the public placed in you.”

    The prison term, Anderson added, should serve as a deterrent to other public servants. “Blind obedience to a corrupt culture has serious consequences,” he said. “No person, no matter how powerful, no matter his or her title, is above the law.”

    Baca was ordered to surrender to federal prison officials by July 25. Although he is expected to ask to remain free on bail while he pursues an appeal, it is an open question whether he will be allowed to do so. Anderson denied the same request from Baca’s second in command, former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, who was forced to begin his five-year sentence.

    No decision has been made on where Baca will serve his sentence. His defense attorney requested that he be assigned to a camp in Taft, Calif., or barring that, a camp in Oregon. After serving his time behind bars, Baca must also spend a year under supervised release. He was also fined $7,500.

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    The prosecutor who took down Lee Baca calls it a day | Los Angeles Times


    When Brandon Fox moved to Los Angeles five years ago from Chicago to join the U.S. attorney’s office, the office had launched an investigation into abuses and corruption by sheriff's deputies working in county jails. Prosecutors were focused on building cases against a handful of deputies for beating inmates, but Fox suspected something larger was at play: a conspiracy by sheriff’s officials to obstruct the federal probe.

    On Friday, Fox stood in a downtown courtroom as former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in the obstruction scheme. It was the capstone to a string of prosecutions by a team of attorneys headed by Fox that has resulted in convictions of more than 20 sheriff’s officials and deputies.

    Baca’s sentencing marked the end of the line for Fox, who left the U.S. attorney’s office the same day to join a private firm.

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  11. Quentinanon Member

    "Baca, 74 and suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, showed no emotion as the decision was read."

    That's because Lee Baca has achieved the scientology state of operating sociopath thetan.

    Sentenced to three years in federal prison? I wonder if he will do the Criminon Program. I hear it transforms criminals.

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  12. Quentinanon Member

    This photo is my favorite:


    Lee Baca is a living example that scientology creates a world without war, crime and insanity.
  13. The Wrong Guy Member

    Here's an article that I missed when it was published on May 24, 2017:

    Deputies sue former high-ranking sheriff's official and former prosecutor, alleging vendetta | LA Times


    Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies say they were framed for lying about a drug bust and that prosecutors knowingly withheld evidence that would have spared them a trial, lost wages and public humiliation, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

    The lawsuit names former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka and former county prosecutor Kevin Stennis, who now serves as a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge.

    Deputies Robert Lindsey and Charles Rodriguez were accused in 2013 of writing false reports after a surveillance video apparently contradicted their accounts of the 2011 arrest of an accused drug dealer. They were were acquitted in 2015 of perjury and conspiracy charges stemming from the arrest.

    In their civil rights complaint, Lindsey and Rodriguez allege that the whole ordeal was the result of a sham investigation orchestrated by former Los Angles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka as part of a vendetta against Lindsey’s father, a retired Sheriff’s Department commander. According to the lawsuit, Tanaka told the elder Robert Lindsey his career “was over” after Lindsey refused to falsify exam results so that Tanaka’s chosen deputies could be promoted to lieutenant in 2002.

    Tanaka has since been convicted of obstructing a federal probe of abuses in the county’s vast jail system. He was painted by prosecutors as an iron-fisted manager and the ringleader of the obstruction plot that ultimately ended in criminal convictions for more than 20 officials, including former Sheriff Lee Baca.

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  15. Triumph Member

    AUG 28, 2019
    Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca implicated in fraud scheme

    Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has been implicated in a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme, according to a court filing by the U.S. attorney’s office in Utah.

    Baca stepped down in 2014 amid increasing controversy and later was indicted on charges stemming from a plot to thwart an FBI investigation into abuses by deputies working in the County Jail.

    KTLA 5
    The owner bragged that this network of law enforcement officials he began building in the late 1990s protected him while he played games with the Internal Revenue Service.
    Lev Aslan Dermen’s influence allegedly reached the highest ranks in local law enforcement: Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has now been implicated in Dermen’s multimillion-dollar fraud scheme, according to a court filing by the U.S. attorney’s office in Utah.
    Federal prosecutors say the witness, Jacob Kingston, would testify that he once saw Dermen make a cash payment to Baca at a dinner. Kingston is cooperating with federal authorities after recently accepting a plea deal in the case.

    Baca was taking bribes from a prominent Kingston polygamist Cult Member
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