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Retrial begins for L.A. County Sheriff's deputy accused in FBI case
Retrial begins for L.A. County Sheriff's deputy accused in FBI case

The retrial of a sheriff's deputy accused of obstructing a federal investigation into the Los Angeles County jails began Wednesday with prosecutors portraying him as a technically adept schemer and defense attorneys arguing that he was merely following orders. The first trial of the deputy, James Sexton, ended in a mistrial in May, with the jury divided 6-6. Weeks later, six sheriff's officials were convicted on related charges, despite a similar defense strategy of placing the blame on higher-ups. In the summer of 2011, FBI agents were investigating allegations that sheriff's deputies brutalized inmates and accepted bribes to bring contraband into the jails. By helping to...

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