Lee Baca

A final round of legal sparring as Baca's retrial nears

A final round of legal sparring as Baca's retrial nears

With his retrial on obstruction of justice charges scheduled to begin next week, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca lost several judicial rulings Monday in a final round of pretrial legal jockeying.

U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson ordered Baca not to wear a lapel pin that is a replica of the Sheriff’s Department’s star insignia. 

The pin, which Baca has continued to wear in public on his custom-tailored suits since retiring as sheriff, amounted to communicating with jurors and ran the risk of generating sympathy, prosecutors alleged in court filings and in arguments Monday. Baca also wore the pin throughout his first trial.

Anderson also...

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