BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - An appeals court upheld the conviction of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, 76, on Monday, which means the once powerful law enforcement figure may spend three years in prison for obstructing justice and lying to federal authorities. In 2017, a jury discovered Baca had contributed to the orchestration of a plot to intervene with an FBI investigation into abuses in county jails and later lied to prosecutors about his participation. Attorneys for Baca,
appealed the verdict, arguing the rulings of U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson in 2017, prevented the jury from hearing testimony about Baca’s illness and about a conversation he had with an aide about the FBI’s investigation. However, a three-judge panel from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected those claims, and have confirmed that Baca's trial was fair and the conviction legally sound.
Shawn W. Anderson
Jessica K. Mattingly
Roy Albert Andrade