Los Angeles Times

Jack Leonard

Writer

Jack Leonard covers Los Angeles County’s criminal courts for the Los Angeles Times. A native of England, he started reporting for the paper in 1997 and has written about foster care, county government, jail violence, law enforcement issues and crime, among other subjects.

Recent Articles

  • Hear the lies that federal prosecutors say Sheriff Lee Baca told them

    Hear the lies that federal prosecutors say Sheriff Lee Baca told them

    Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty this week to a felony count of making a false statement in the jail abuse scandal that led him to step down in 2014. In a plea deal filed in court Wednesday, Baca admitted to one lie and agreed not to contest allegations that he told other...

  • Convicting a police officer in an on-duty shooting is an uphill climb

    Convicting a police officer in an on-duty shooting is an uphill climb

    If the Los Angeles County district attorney's office agrees to Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck's request for criminal charges against an officer who shot and killed a homeless man in Venice last year, it would set the stage for an extremely rare kind of case in California, that of a police...

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