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At heart of Sheriff's Department scandal was top-secret 'Operation Pandora's Box'

At heart of Sheriff's Department scandal was top-secret 'Operation Pandora's Box'

At the center of the FBI's investigation into abuses at the Los Angeles County Jail was a top-secret program known as Operation Pandora's Box.

That investigation took a dramatic turn Wednesday with news that retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will plead guilty to a federal charge of making a false statement.

Here is a primer from The Times archives: 

What was Operation Pandora's Box?

It was launched after sheriff's officials learned in the summer of 2011 that the FBI had enlisted Anthony Brown, an inmate...

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