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Justice finally catches up with Sheriff Lee Baca – who helped deny it to others

Justice finally catches up with Sheriff Lee Baca – who helped deny it to others

It is tempting to imagine disgraced former Sheriff Lee Baca — who now faces up to six months in federal prison — serving his time behind bars, itching to tell authorities of the abuse that he and other inmates routinely suffer at the hands of guards, trying to contact investigators with a phone they had managed to sneak in to him. He would be thwarted by prison officials, who have him shuttled between buildings to keep him from making contact with the outside world. When asked about the scheme, the head of the department would deny any knowledge of it. He would lie.

That's what Baca did, and what he pleaded guilty to on Wednesday in the...

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