Former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca Pleads Guilty

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Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca faces a possible six months in federal prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to one count of making false statements to the FBI. Baca led the nation’s largest sheriff’s department for more than 15 years, but rather than seeking a fifth term, he retired two years ago in the midst of a federal investigation into corruption and the abuse of inmates in county jails. Warren Olney talks to former LA Times correspondent Robert Faturechi whose reporting at the LA Times exposed inmate abuse, cover up and wrongful imprisonment at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Faturechi's reporting lead to federal indictments of deputies, the resignation of  Sheriff Baca and sweeping reforms at the nation’s largest jail system. (Robert Faturechi now covers money in politics for ProPublica.)

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Warren Olney


Jennifer Wolfe