Citing the coronavirus, ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca asks for release from prison
Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca cites the coronavirus in a bid for release from prisonPrint Citing the threat of the novel coronavirus, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has asked a federal judge to release him from a Texas prison while he fights to have his conviction tossed out. Baca, who was found guilty of thwarting a federal investigation into his department’s scandal-plagued jail system, is less than two months into a three-year prison term. “Mr. Baca is nearly 78 years old and has Alzheimer’s disease. He is part of the population most vulnerable to the virus,” the motion filed by Baca’s San Diego-based attorney, Benjamin L. Coleman, said. The filing notes that President Trump said earlier this month that the government was considering releasing “nonviolent prisoners due to the grave risk of the virus spreading in a prison environment.” Advertisement “Mr. Baca clearly fits the type of offender who should be released under the circumstances,” the motion states. Coleman declined to comment further. Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in L.A., said prosecutors will respond “in coming days.” Baca, who is being housed at the Federal Correctional Institution La Tuna, a low-security prison outside El Paso, is among a spate of elderly inmates seeking release amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Gilberto Rodriguez-Orejuela, 81, the former Colombian drug kingpin, has asked a federal judge in Miami to let him out of prison, arguing that if the virus spreads among inmates, it “will be a death sentence.” Michael Cohen, 53, Trump’s former personal attorney, sought early release from a three-year prison sentence, citing the coronavirus. A federal judge scoffed at the request and denied it, saying it “appears to be just another effort to inject himself into the news cycle.” In 2017, U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson sentenced Baca to three years in federal custody after a jury found he oversaw the plan to interfere with the federal probe into inmate abuses in the county jail system, then lied to prosecutors about his role. The once-respected law enforcement leader had remained free while his appeals were pending, which Coleman notes in the motion. Advertisement “He is absolutely no flight risk, having self-surrendered to his designated institution a day early. He was convicted on nonviolent offenses and has no prior convictions or history of violence,” the filing said. Last year, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Baca’s conviction, and in January the Supreme Court denied his request to review the case. Anderson, the federal judge, will decide whether to grant Baca’s request for release. His filing was made in connection with a pending motion to have his conviction and sentence vacated. Baca was the last in a group of Sheriff’s Department employees — from low-level deputies to Baca’s second-in-command — to be accused of playing a role in the scandal , which involved hiding an inmate who was an FBI informant and threatening to arrest the federal agent who was leading the investigation. All 10 of those who faced charges in the case either pleaded guilty or were convicted, including former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, who was after a jury found he helped lead the scheme. Several other deputies were found guilty of civil rights violations for beatings of inmates and jail visitors. In 2014, as the department was engulfed in the jail scandal, Baca Read more: Los Angeles Times
Stay put! Those jails are missing a lot more corrupt cops too Why not let everybody go then? 😂😂😂🤣😆 He shouldn’t get out , we expect the la times to keep us up to date with what happens. Hi! No. LeeBaca has been collecting a pension of more than $200K per year while in prison Let the corrupt cop rot in jail
that's where this , crook should be... anyways he's PC up.. and safe.. How about no Sure he does!! The funny part is, given CA’s ridiculously weak criminal justice system, under the pacifist Newsom, he’ll probably skate.....like soooo many others 🤠
LA sheriff clashes with county lawyer over closing gun shopsThe Los Angeles County sheriff reversed his own decision Tuesday to order deputies to make sure gun shops were closed during the coronavirus crisis after the county&39;s top lawyer said the shops could be open. Los Angeles, the nation’s largest county with 10 million residents, enacted a stay-at-home Goodbye 2nd amendment. We bought guns 2 weeks ago my husband said better safe then sorry holds 30 rounds because he knows I can’t see well, love is he’s always thinking of me. Lol Good.
Umm NO Umm. Dementia disappeared? No. if Joe exotic is still in jail so should this scumbag He’s where he should be, this ex sheriff is nefarious. Hell no Just say no
L.A. County supervisors seek to remove Sheriff Villanueva as head of emergency operations during pandemicSupervisors say the change is months in the making, spurred by the need to centralize disaster operations after the Woolsey fire. Sheriff Alex Villanueva says it's a 'power grab.'
Why? Is prison bad and unfair and dangerous? oh，fking genius How about no He should riot in jail. Haha! Forever the opportunist. Nope! He’s not special. If he gets to be released because of the virus, so should every other non violent offender. Why?
Trump plan calls for classifying coronavirus risk county by countyTrump wants some parts of the country to return to normal daily life, but experts say the only safe strategy is one that applies to the entire nation. HOW ABOUT AVOID THE MIDDLEMAN AND SKIP TO FEUDALISM? Because no one lives in one county and works in another So to be clear. Trump believes the coronavirus will respect country borders once it has been classified? This is same mindset as states that have different restrictive gun laws and are invalidated by the open state adjacent to it. God, we are doomed. coronavirus COVID19
Coronavirus government response updates: Trump envisions county-by-county risk assessments in new guidelinesJoe Biden responds after Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin calls historic jobless numbers 'not relevant.' Mnuchin argued the economic package under consideration in Congress now will help those put out of work, and in the long-term, people will be rehired. Dems you made your bed, now lay in it. DementiaJoe
L.A. County Reports Biggest Spike Yet in Coronavirus Pandemic With 9 Deaths, 421 New CasesL.A. County currently has 1,216 positive cases of coronavirus. Is that dude a gangster? JoshMankiewicz So let's get back to the office on Monday, seems like everything is under control
Coronavirus In L.A. County: Nine New Deaths Is Most For Region In Single DayNine people have died of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County in the past 24 hours, local officials said today. That is the most for a single day in the region and brings the death toll to 21. Dr. Barbar… Yawn. Let me know when it hits 100,000.