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Judge rules ex-L.A. Times reporter must testify in corruption trial of former Sheriff Lee Baca

Judge rules ex-L.A. Times reporter must testify in corruption trial of former Sheriff Lee Baca

A federal judge ruled Thursday that a former Los Angeles Times reporter who interviewed then-Sheriff Lee Baca during an unfolding scandal over abuses in the county jails must testify in the former sheriff’s corruption trial, which is scheduled to begin next week.

Prosecutors want the reporter, Robert Faturechi, to testify about a Sept. 29, 2011, article in which Baca described an FBI undercover sting and a visit that sheriff’s investigators made to an FBI agent’s home. They also want to ask Faturechi about statements he made on KCRW radio earlier this year.

Attorneys for Faturechi, who is now with the nonprofit news outlet Pro Publica, argued that the First...

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