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Judge denies ex-Sheriff Lee Baca's request to stay free while appealing his conviction

Judge denies ex-Sheriff Lee Baca's request to stay free while appealing his conviction

A federal judge has denied ex-Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca’s request to remain free while he appeals his conviction on charges that he obstructed an investigation into abuses in the county jail system.

In a nine-page ruling Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson found that Baca failed to raise any issues that would likely result in a new trial.

Baca — who was sentenced to three years in prison after he was convicted of making false statements to federal investigators, conspiracy and obstruction of justice — is scheduled to surrender to federal authorities and begin his prison sentence next week.

But his attorney, Nathan Hochman, said the date would be put...

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