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Lee Baca was sheriff of Los Angeles County for 15 years. Today, he said he'll step down at the end of the month. Baca told reporters, "I don't see myself as the future. I see myself as part of the past." It's a past plagued by scandals, including abuse at the county jails. Last month, the US attorney indicted 18 sheriff's deputies. But there were other problems during Baca's tenure. How much is he to blame? Guest host Madeleine Brand considers what kind of changes we'll see in the jails, and who's lining up to succeed him.  Also, the latest from the Consumer Electronics Show.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To The Point, three years after the revolution in Egypt, the military is running the country. It's outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood and jailed journalists. Guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at what that means for the future of democracy there and what happened to the promises of the Arab Spring.


Banner image: Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announces his retirement during a news conference at Los Angeles County Sheriff's headquarters in Monterey Park , California January 7, 2014. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Reuters

Main Topic Sheriff Lee Baca Resigns… Why Now? 12 MIN, 55 SEC

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will step down at the end of the month. He made the announcement at a news conference this morning. Baca was running for a fifth four-year term and facing some stiff opposition, not to mention a lot of negative press. Earlier today on KCRW, LA Times reporter Robert Faturechi ran down the scandals that have plagued Baca's tenure, not least of which is the recent federal indictment of 18 sheriff's deputies.

Robert Faturechi, ProPublica (@RobertFaturechi)
Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University (@LMU_CSLA)
Richard Drooyan, Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence

Reporter's Notebook Everything Is Illuminated at the Consumer Electronics Show 5 MIN, 16 SEC

So far, the most talked about moment at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was a malfunction -- a human one -- when Tranformers director Michael Bey walked off the stage at a Samsung event because his teleprompter wasn't working properly. Here to talk about that and some of the stuff that is working at the show is Geoffrey Fowler, personal technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal.

Geoffrey Fowler, Wall Street Journal (@geoffreyfowler)

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