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Why ex-L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca gets to keep his pension even if he goes to jail for lying

Why ex-L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca gets to keep his pension even if he goes to jail for lying

Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca could lose his freedom for up to six months when he is sentenced in federal court in May, but there's one thing he won't forfeit — his county pension.

Reforms enacted in 2013 to strip pensions from public employees who commit job-related felonies will have little effect, if any, on the roughly $328,000 annual benefit owed to Baca, who pleaded guilty this week to lying to federal officials investigating corruption and brutality by deputies at the Los Angeles County jail.

Sweeping pension reforms that took effect three years ago included a provision that would force public employees convicted of...

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