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Ex-L.A. County Sheriff to Plead Guilty in Jail Scandal

Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will plead guilty in a downtown courtroom Wednesday to making a false statement, marking a dramatic turn in the ongoing federal investigation into corruption in the Sheriff's Department.

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Video: L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca to Retire at End of Month

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced Tuesday that he would not seek a fifth term in office and would instead retire at the end of the month.

L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca to Retire

Sheriff Lee Baca announced today he will retire from the top position at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department after four terms. He is ending his re-election campaign, which he said has brought "negative perception" to the department, and will not seek a fifth term. Read the full story here.

And So the Baca Era Ends

But whatever Baca’s priorities, I have reason to question that the welfare of his personnel and countrymen were high among them. His tax dollar-funded support of a department Muslim Community Affairs Unit was less concerning to my mind than his open advocacy of other questionable Muslim entities such as CAIR. Also his mea culpa parading of contrite Century deputies in the aftermath of a shooting proved more embarrassing than mollifying.

LASD Ends Special 'Friends' Hiring Program

The program, known as "Friends of the Sheriff," has been in existence for at least eight years. Some high-ranking sheriff's officials injected themselves into the vetting process to lobby for favored job candidates, records show.

L.A. Sheriff's Spokesman Apologizes for Racist Comedy Routine

Los Angeles County sheriff's officials are trying to figure out how a comedian who unleashed a string of racist and raunchy jokes was hired to entertain at a law enforcement event Wednesday.

L.A. County Undersheriff Rips Lee Baca

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is a disengaged leader running a "house of cards" agency that's "on the verge of crumbling" his second-in-command deputy told the Los Angeles Times.

Good Cops, Bad Cop, Whatcha Gonna Do

It's been said that a truly good cop could have worked any era in law enforcement and done quite well. When my mind revisits those cops that I used to work with, around, and to varying degrees tolerated, there are two groups that stand out predominantly for their diametrically opposite approaches to patrol.

Lee Baca Named Sheriff of the Year

Lee Baca has been awarded Sheriff of the Year by the National Sheriffs' Assn. His spokesman said the honor was appropriate given Baca is "the most progressive sheriff in the nation" and "a guy that works seven days a week."

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Long Beach Chief May Challenge Baca for L.A. Sheriff

Since Lee Baca became Los Angeles County sheriff 15 years ago, defeating an incumbent who died days before the vote, he has never faced a serious challenge for reelection to one of California's top law enforcement jobs.