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closing arguments in baca obstruction retrial offer conflicting motives for acti


in their final words before the end of a bruising retrial, federal prosecutors and an attorney for former los angeles county sherifflee baca painted contrasting portraits of the man — as a selfish coward who used subordinates to carry out a plan to obstruct an fbi investigation and a transparent leader who acted reasonably and decisively to protect others.“a king,” asst. u.s. atty. brandon fox called baca — one of several times he returned to a chess analogy to describe baca and his actions. “a king who is now trying to disown everything that happened. ‘don’t blame me, blame them.’ that’s not how a leader acts. that’s how a criminal acts.”in closing arguments monday morning, fox and fellow prosecutor lizabeth rhodes gave jurors a lengthy review of the case the government presented during t






at start of baca retrial, sides dig in for another fight


the first time lee baca was put on trial for obstructing an fbi investigation, lawyers for the former los angeles county sheriff nearly convinced a jury that the government’s case was all smoke and no fire.now, with a retrial set to open this week, baca’s defense team is ready to mount another defense, but this time under even more daunting odds.all but one of the 12 jurors in baca’s first trial in december voted to acquit him of charges alleging he was involved in a 2011 scheme carried out by subordinates to thwart a federal probe into widespread abuses and corruption by deputies working in county jails.while it was clear that people below baca had acted inappropriately, prosecutors failed to prove the then sheriff had played a role, jurors said afterward.the unyielding juror who believed






case against ex-los angeles county sheriff goes to jury


los angeles — jurors began deliberating monday in the federal corruption trial of former los angeles county sheriff lee baca after prosecutors accused him in closing arguments of trying to stop an fbi investigation into guards who savagely beat inmates in his jails and then lied about trying to obstruct the probe.a defense lawyer countered that baca thought it was the fbi that committed a crime when agents had a cellphone smuggled to an inmate informant.attorney nathan hochman told jurors they heard "no evidence sheriff baca gave orders to obstruct the fbi."assistant u.s. attorney lizabeth rhodes said in her closing that "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."she said b






case against ex-los angeles county sheriff goes to jury


los angeles — jurors began deliberating monday in the federal corruption trial of former los angeles county sheriff lee baca after prosecutors accused him in closing arguments of trying to stop an fbi investigation into guards who savagely beat inmates in his jails and then lied about trying to obstruct the probe.a defense lawyer countered that baca thought it was the fbi that committed a crime when agents had a cellphone smuggled to an inmate informant.attorney nathan hochman told jurors they heard "no evidence sheriff baca gave orders to obstruct the fbi."assistant u.s. attorney lizabeth rhodes said in her closing that "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."she said b






the latest: prosecutors say sheriff obstructed fbi probe


los angeles — the latest on the corruption trial of former los angeles county sheriff lee baca (all times local):10:30 a.m.federal prosecutors say there's direct evidence showing former los angeles county sheriff lee baca obstructed an fbi investigation into corruption at the county's jails.prosecutors presented closing arguments monday in baca's trial.they say the 74-year-old also lied several times to federal authorities in order to thwart the civil rights investigation.baca headed the nation's largest sheriff's department for more than 15 years before resigning in 2014 amid allegations that jail guards took bribes, beat inmates and falsified reports.prosecutors say baca also knew two sheriff's sergeants threatened to arrest an fbi agent who was investigating the alleged abuse.baca's law






retrial of former los angeles county sheriff gets underway


los angeles (ap) — the former sheriff of los angeles county violated his pledge to shine a light on crime and instead concealed it, a federal prosecutor said friday during opening statements in the retrial of a man who for more than a decade oversaw the nation’s largest sheriff’s department.lee baca obstructed justice and lied to federal authorities to thwart an fbi investigation into civil rights abuses in county jails, assistant u.s. attorney brandon fox said. baca is being tried again after jurors in december deadlocked 11-1 to acquit the 74-year-old.his defense lawyer has argued that baca, who is in the early stages of alzheimer’s disease, was not part of any conspiracy to derail a federal investigation into inmate beatings by deputies.baca headed the department for more than 15 years






ex-la sheriff faces closing arguments in corruption trial


los angeles (ap) — following nearly two weeks of testimony, jurors will hear closing statements monday in the federal corruption trial of former los angeles county sheriff lee baca.baca, 74, is accused of obstructing justice and lying to investigators in what federal prosecutors have said was an attempt to stymie an fbi probe into guards who savagely beat inmates in the jails he ran and deputies who smuggled contraband to prisoners.if convicted, baca faces up to 20 years in prison.baca, who headed the nation’s largest sheriff’s department for 15 years before he resigned in 2014, is accused of a 2011 conspiracy to derail the fbi probe after jail guards discovered an inmate with a contraband cellphone was acting as an fbi informant.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.an






prosecutors: los angeles county sheriff obstructed fbi probe


los angeles — prosecutors said monday there is direct evidence showing that los angeles county sheriff lee baca obstructed an fbi investigation into corruption at the county jails and that he lied several times to federal authorities in order to thwart the civil rights probe.following nearly two weeks of testimony, lawyers for both sides presented their closing arguments to jurors in the federal corruption trial of baca.the defense argument was ongoing and expected to last several hours.baca, 74, is accused of obstructing justice and lying to investigators in what federal prosecutors have said was an attempt to stymie an fbi probe into guards who savagely beat inmates in the jails run by baca and deputies who smuggled contraband to prisoners.if convicted, baca, who has early stage alzheime






baca 'was aware' of plan to obstruct fbi, former sheriff's official tells jury


despite his claims of ignorance, former los angeles county sherifflee baca was deeply involved in efforts to interfere with fbi agents as they investigated abuses in county jails, a retired sheriff’s official testified thursday.william “tom” carey, a former sheriff’s department captain who has admitted to playing a central role in the scheme to obstruct the fbi, told jurors that he personally updated the sheriff on the efforts to thwart the federal investigation and that baca attended several crucial meetings to discuss how to handle the crisis. speaking in a sober monotone during several hours of testimony, carey, 58, was a potentially powerful addition for government prosecutors as they try a second time to convict baca.the first attempt ended in a mistrial in december when the jury fail






closing arguments set in suit over florida deputy shooting


west palm beach, fla. — closing arguments are set in the trial of a federal lawsuit filed by the parents of an unarmed nurseryman who was fatally shot by a florida sheriff's deputy.arguments are scheduled monday in the lawsuit filed by the parents of 24-year-old seth adams, who was shot by palm beach county sgt. michael custer in may 2012. it happened outside the nursery where adams lived and worked.custer was parked there doing surveillance on a gang when adams arrived home. custer testified that adams cursed him and grabbed him by the throat before rummaging through his truck's cab as if seeking a weapon. he said he shot adams when he spun toward him.adams family attorneys say the location of blood stains, shell casings and other evidence disprove custer.






closing arguments set in ex-la sheriff’s corruption trial


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the latest: prosecutor: utah official had key bribery role


salt lake city — the latest on the bribery trial for a former utah attorney general (all times local):1:45 p.m.prosecutors say a former utah attorney general played a key role in a bribery scheme that went beyond the kind of relationships allowed between elected officials and campaign donors.deputy salt lake county district attorney fred burmester said wednesday during closing arguments that john swallow received luxury beach vacations, gifts and campaign donations from fraudsters and businessmen in exchange for favorable treatment.the former head of utah's top law enforcement office is charged with nine counts, including bribery, evidence tampering and obstruction of justice.defense attorneys are scheduled to deliver their closing argument later wednesday.swallow's attorney, scott william






ex-l.a. sheriff lee baca's retrial opens with focus on his close ties to disgrac


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man convicted of killing pregnant wife's sex customer awaits retrial


a conviction was overturned tuesday for a man who was found guilty of murder after pimping out his wife and shooting her customer.the ruling means that timothy s. smith, 30, is entitled to a new trial in the death of kurt milliman, a bar owner and former mchenry county sheriff employee.an appeals... (robert mccoppin)






former l.a. sheriff's deputy pleads no contest to killing man in sylmar


an ex-los angeles county sheriff’s deputy pleaded no contest tuesday to killing a former neighbor in sylmar who had been involved in a dispute with his son.francisco “frank” gamez ii entered the plea to second-degree murder and attempted murder charges in a downtown los angeles courtroom, according to greg risling, a spokesman for the los angeles county district attorney’s office.los angeles county superior court judge george lomeli sentenced gamez, 45, to 25 years to life in prison.a defense attorney could not be reached for comment.gamez was a detective in west hollywood and worked for the sheriff’s department for 17 years, but his career took a violent turn on june 17, 2012.authorities said gamez’s then-20-year-old son got into a dispute with armando “cookie” casillas, a well-known figu






judge says police murder retrial on course for may 25 start


cincinnati — a judge says the retrial of a white former university of cincinnati police officer in the death of an unarmed black man is on course to begin may 25.hamilton county judge leslie ghiz (gihz) met monday with defense attorneys and prosecutors in the ray tensing case. she said after the closed-door session that they discussed logistics and other matters. she scheduled another meeting for april 4.tensing testified at his first murder trial that he feared for his life as sam dubose tried to drive away from a traffic stop in july 2015. he had pulled over dubose for a missing front license plate. that trial ended with a hung jury.the judge says her goal is to keep the second trial in hamilton county.






judge will hear from attorneys on police murder retrial


cincinnati — the judge who will preside over the murder retrial of a white former university of cincinnati police officer who fatally shot a black motorist during a traffic stop plans to get an update from attorneys on pretrial progress in the case.hamilton county judge leslie ghiz (gihz) set a monday meeting with both sides in the ray tensing case, scheduled for trial may 25. the first trial ended with a hung jury.ghiz has said her goal is to keep the second trial in hamilton county, and she imposed a gag order on trial participants.tensing has testified he feared for his life as sam dubose tried to drive away in july 2015.






500 inmates moved to alameda county jails


alameda county has accepted more than 500 inmates from butte county who were evacuated because of the flooding danger from the oroville dam.the inmates began arriving sunday night and are being housed at both santa rita jail in dublin and the glenn dyer in oakland, authorities said.it was not known how long the inmates would be housed in alameda county.alameda county sheriff’s sgt. ray kelly said accepting the inmates “is not a problem for us,” since the county can hold as many as 5,000 inmates in the two jails and before sunday the population was about 2,500.during a monday afternoon press conference butte county sheriff kory honea thanked alameda county sheriff gregory ahern for housing the inmates.






two men arrested after minturn ault, eagle county sheriff says – the denver post


two men have been arrested in connection with a wednesday ual ault in minturn, the eagle county sheriff’s office says.zachary hernandez, 18, is suspected of ual ault, second-degree burglary, criminal mischief and har ment.cesar castro, 31, was taken into custody for investigation of four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.the sheriff’s office did not release details in the case.anyone with information on the case is asked to call the eagle county sheriff’s office at 970-328-8500 or eagle county crime stoppers at 970-328-7007 or 1-800-972-tips.






former arizona sheriff paul babeu, county attorney subject of fbi probe


closeskip in skipxembedxshare former pinal county sheriff paul babeu, ex-county attorney lando voyles subject of fbi probe azcentralformer pinal county sheriff paul babeu(photo: tom tingle/the republic) 881 connectlinkedinemailmorephoenix — federal authorities have launched a probe of pinal county's top two former law enforcement officials and whether they inappropriately used profits from seized property for personal and professional expenses.county officials confirmed they are cooperating with fbi inquiries into former pinal county sheriff paul babeu and county attorney lando voyles over the use of funds from suspects' confiscated possessions.newly elected pinal county attorney kent volkmer said he also has asked the arizona auditor general to review pinal county's asset-forfeiture recor






former arizona sheriff paul babeu, county attorney subject of fbi probe


closeskip in skipxembedxshare former pinal county sheriff paul babeu, ex-county attorney lando voyles subject of fbi probe azcentralformer pinal county sheriff paul babeu(photo: tom tingle/the republic) 889 connectlinkedinemailmorephoenix — federal authorities have launched a probe of pinal county's top two former law enforcement officials and whether they inappropriately used profits from seized property for personal and professional expenses.county officials confirmed they are cooperating with fbi inquiries into former pinal county sheriff paul babeu and county attorney lando voyles over the use of funds from suspects' confiscated possessions.newly elected pinal county attorney kent volkmer said he also has asked the arizona auditor general to review pinal county's asset-forfeiture recor






former arizona sheriff paul babeu, county attorney subject of fbi probe


closeskip in skipxembedxshare former pinal county sheriff paul babeu, ex-county attorney lando voyles subject of fbi probe azcentralformer pinal county sheriff paul babeu(photo: tom tingle/the republic) 864 connectlinkedinemailmorephoenix — federal authorities have launched a probe of pinal county's top two former law enforcement officials and whether they inappropriately used profits from seized property for personal and professional expenses.county officials confirmed they are cooperating with fbi inquiries into former pinal county sheriff paul babeu and county attorney lando voyles over the use of funds from suspects' confiscated possessions.newly elected pinal county attorney kent volkmer said he also has asked the arizona auditor general to review pinal county's asset-forfeiture recor






former arizona sheriff paul babeu, county attorney subject of fbi probe


closeskip in skipxembedxshare former pinal county sheriff paul babeu, ex-county attorney lando voyles subject of fbi probe azcentralformer pinal county sheriff paul babeu(photo: tom tingle/the republic) 896 connectlinkedinemailmorephoenix — federal authorities have launched a probe of pinal county's top two former law enforcement officials and whether they inappropriately used profits from seized property for personal and professional expenses.county officials confirmed they are cooperating with fbi inquiries into former pinal county sheriff paul babeu and county attorney lando voyles over the use of funds from suspects' confiscated possessions.newly elected pinal county attorney kent volkmer said he also has asked the arizona auditor general to review pinal county's asset-forfeiture recor






former arizona sheriff paul babeu, county attorney subject of fbi probe


closeskip in skipxembedxshare former pinal county sheriff paul babeu, ex-county attorney lando voyles subject of fbi probe azcentralformer pinal county sheriff paul babeu(photo: tom tingle/the republic) 777 connectlinkedinemailmorephoenix — federal authorities have launched a probe of pinal county's top two former law enforcement officials and whether they inappropriately used profits from seized property for personal and professional expenses.county officials confirmed they are cooperating with fbi inquiries into former pinal county sheriff paul babeu and county attorney lando voyles over the use of funds from suspects' confiscated possessions.newly elected pinal county attorney kent volkmer said he also has asked the arizona auditor general to review pinal county's asset-forfeiture recor






former arizona sheriff paul babeu, county attorney subject of fbi probe


closeskip in skipxembedxshare former pinal county sheriff paul babeu, ex-county attorney lando voyles subject of fbi probe azcentralformer pinal county sheriff paul babeu(photo: tom tingle/the republic) 906 connectlinkedinemailmorephoenix — federal authorities have launched a probe of pinal county's top two former law enforcement officials and whether they inappropriately used profits from seized property for personal and professional expenses.county officials confirmed they are cooperating with fbi inquiries into former pinal county sheriff paul babeu and county attorney lando voyles over the use of funds from suspects' confiscated possessions.newly elected pinal county attorney kent volkmer said he also has asked the arizona auditor general to review pinal county's asset-forfeiture recor






former arizona sheriff paul babeu, county attorney subject of fbi probe


closeskip in skipxembedxshare former pinal county sheriff paul babeu, ex-county attorney lando voyles subject of fbi probe azcentralformer pinal county sheriff paul babeu(photo: tom tingle/the republic) 834 connectlinkedinemailmorephoenix — federal authorities have launched a probe of pinal county's top two former law enforcement officials and whether they inappropriately used profits from seized property for personal and professional expenses.county officials confirmed they are cooperating with fbi inquiries into former pinal county sheriff paul babeu and county attorney lando voyles over the use of funds from suspects' confiscated possessions.newly elected pinal county attorney kent volkmer said he also has asked the arizona auditor general to review pinal county's asset-forfeiture recor






former arizona sheriff paul babeu, county attorney subject of fbi probe


closeskip in skipxembedxshare former pinal county sheriff paul babeu, ex-county attorney lando voyles subject of fbi probe azcentralformer pinal county sheriff paul babeu(photo: tom tingle/the republic) 901 connectlinkedinemailmorephoenix — federal authorities have launched a probe of pinal county's top two former law enforcement officials and whether they inappropriately used profits from seized property for personal and professional expenses.county officials confirmed they are cooperating with fbi inquiries into former pinal county sheriff paul babeu and county attorney lando voyles over the use of funds from suspects' confiscated possessions.newly elected pinal county attorney kent volkmer said he also has asked the arizona auditor general to review pinal county's asset-forfeiture recor






former arizona sheriff paul babeu, county attorney subject of fbi probe


closeskip in skipxembedxshare former pinal county sheriff paul babeu, ex-county attorney lando voyles subject of fbi probe azcentralformer pinal county sheriff paul babeu(photo: tom tingle/the republic) 804 connectlinkedinemailmorephoenix — federal authorities have launched a probe of pinal county's top two former law enforcement officials and whether they inappropriately used profits from seized property for personal and professional expenses.county officials confirmed they are cooperating with fbi inquiries into former pinal county sheriff paul babeu and county attorney lando voyles over the use of funds from suspects' confiscated possessions.newly elected pinal county attorney kent volkmer said he also has asked the arizona auditor general to review pinal county's asset-forfeiture recor






former arizona sheriff paul babeu, county attorney subject of fbi probe


closeskip in skipxembedxshare former pinal county sheriff paul babeu, ex-county attorney lando voyles subject of fbi probe azcentralformer pinal county sheriff paul babeu(photo: tom tingle/the republic) 912 connectlinkedinemailmorephoenix — federal authorities have launched a probe of pinal county's top two former law enforcement officials and whether they inappropriately used profits from seized property for personal and professional expenses.county officials confirmed they are cooperating with fbi inquiries into former pinal county sheriff paul babeu and county attorney lando voyles over the use of funds from suspects' confiscated possessions.newly elected pinal county attorney kent volkmer said he also has asked the arizona auditor general to review pinal county's asset-forfeiture recor






former arizona sheriff paul babeu, county attorney subject of fbi probe


closeskip in skipxembedxshare former pinal county sheriff paul babeu, ex-county attorney lando voyles subject of fbi probe azcentralformer pinal county sheriff paul babeu(photo: tom tingle/the republic) 908 connectlinkedinemailmorephoenix — federal authorities have launched a probe of pinal county's top two former law enforcement officials and whether they inappropriately used profits from seized property for personal and professional expenses.county officials confirmed they are cooperating with fbi inquiries into former pinal county sheriff paul babeu and county attorney lando voyles over the use of funds from suspects' confiscated possessions.newly elected pinal county attorney kent volkmer said he also has asked the arizona auditor general to review pinal county's asset-forfeiture recor






lake government center in crown point given 'all clear': sheriff


the lake county government center in crown point is expected to return to business as normal on wednesday, following an evacuation prompted by a threatening phone call, the lake county sheriff's department said in a press release.the lake county commissioners and sheriff's department ordered employees to leave the government complex tuesday after someone called the lake county prosecutor's office about noon with a threat against it, sheriff's department spokesman mark back said in a press release.the sheriff's department searched the government center and its grounds and decided it was "all clear," just before 3 p.m., according to the release.county commissioner mike repay, d-hammond, said, that once law enforcement officials deemed the threat credible, they made the call to evacuate the






lake government center in crown point given 'all clear': sheriff


the lake county government center in crown point is expected to return to business as normal on wednesday, following an evacuation prompted by a threatening phone call, the lake county sheriff's department said in a press release.the lake county commissioners and sheriff's department ordered employees to leave the government complex tuesday after someone called the lake county prosecutor's office about noon with a threat against it, sheriff's department spokesman mark back said in a press release.the sheriff's department searched the government center and its grounds and decided it was "all clear," just before 3 p.m., according to the release.county commissioner mike repay, d-hammond, said,that once law enforcement officials deemed the threat credible, they made the call to evacuate the bu






defense: bribery charges against utah official desperate


salt lake city — the prosecution's bribery case against a former utah attorney general is a "house of cards" built on the foundation of a convicted fraudster who can't be believed, a defense attorney said wednesday during closing arguments.prosecutors crafted a desperate, false narrative to make routine political dealings by john swallow seem criminal, said attorney scott williams.he reminded the jury that before a county prosecutor filed charges, the u.s. department of justice declined to file criminal charges after the fbi investigated the case.at the end of a closing argument that included slide shows with pictures of the "godfather" movie and the "house of cards" tv show, williams asked swallow to stand up. he then implored the jury to find him not guilty."he is a man, a husband, a fat






lee baca in court, round 2: what will sound familiar in the retrial, and what wi


captionprotests follow the sentencing of israeli soldier convicted for killing palestiniana crowd shouts, "if you don't return the boy, we will turn the country upside down, " in protest of the sentencing of sgt. elor azaria who was convicted for fatally shooting palestinian knife assailant.a crowd shouts, "if you don't return the boy, we will turn the country upside down, " in protest of the sentencing of sgt. elor azaria who was convicted for fatally shooting palestinian knife assailant.






lee baca in court, round 2: what'll sound familiar in the retrial, and what will


captionprotests follow the sentencing of israeli soldier convicted for killing palestiniana crowd shouts, "if you don't return the boy, we will turn the country upside down, " in protest of the sentencing of sgt. elor azaria who was convicted for fatally shooting palestinian knife assailant.a crowd shouts, "if you don't return the boy, we will turn the country upside down, " in protest of the sentencing of sgt. elor azaria who was convicted for fatally shooting palestinian knife assailant.






attorney: deputy who shot unarmed man a 'coward'


west palm beach, fla. — a florida sheriff's deputy shot an unarmed nurseryman not because he was threatened but because he's "a coward," an attorney for the man's family told a federal civil jury monday.attorney wallace mccall said during closing arguments that palm beach county sheriff's sgt. michael custer shot seth adams five years ago because he wrongly thought he was a member of the gang he was surveilling and then concocted a story to cover up his error. dick and lydia adams allege in their lawsuit that the may 16, 2012, shooting was unjustified and are seeking $10 million to $20 million."oh what a tangled web we weave when we first practice to deceive," mccall told the five-man, four-woman jury. "your job as jurors is to untangle sgt. custer's lies because a shooting based on a web






fatal shooting by deputy in lincoln county investigated


merrill, wis. — the wisconsin division of criminal investigation has been asked to investigate a fatal shooting by a sheriff's deputy in lincoln county.the sheriff's office says the fatal shooting happened monday night during what it says was a "critical incident" along highway ff in the town of corning. that's southwest of merrill near the marathon county line.sheriff's officials have not released any other details about the incident.






should sheriff joe pelle get a 5th term in office? boulder county police chiefs


boulder county voters will probably be asked this fall to permit boulder county sheriff joe pelle, who’s midway through his fourth four-year term, to have a chance to run for a fifth term in 2018.on thursday morning, county commissioners deb gardner and cindy domenico expressed their support for a request that they put a term-limit extension for the post of sheriff on november’s countywide election and directed staff to draft three potential ballot measures.louisville police chief david hayes had written the commissioners in january that the county’s local police chiefs were requesting that the commissioners place the issue on the ballot.hayes wrote that the boulder, longmont, lafayette, louisville, nederland, ward and university of colorado police chiefs “believe that the citizens of boul






fans flock to oak grill, skyroom as 113-year minneapolis tradition ends


determined to reverse eight years of a democratic administration, house republicans are on track to overturn a handful of rules finalized in president barack obama's final months in office to deal with climate change, federal contracting and background checks for gun ownership.