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Mistrial For Sheriff Lee Baca Not A “Get Out Of Jail Free Card”

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According to KABC in Los Angeles, the former LA County Sherriff Lee Baca trial ends in mistrial today. The article states, “Baca, 74, was facing trial for conspiracy and obstruction of justice for allegedly interfering with an FBI investigation into civil rights abuses and corruption in the Los Angeles County jails.” [1]

Sheriff Lee Baca

Of the mistrial, Founding Attorney of 1.800.NoCuffs Darren Kavinoky says, “A deadlocked jury doesn’t mean a ‘Get out of jail free card’ for Mr. Baca; prosecutors have the discretion to have a do-over, to settle the case, or to dismiss.”

“This is a window period where a great criminal defense lawyer is worth his or her weight in gold, and truly impact the outcome,” says criminal defense attorney Darren Kavinoky.

According to the LA Times, “Jurors said they were split 11 to 1 in favor of an acquittal.” [2]

Tweets on the breaking news today about the mistrial declared in Sheriff Lee Baca’s case:



SOURCES
1. Staff. December 22, 2016. KABC. Retrieved via http://abc7.com/news/mistrial-declared-in-ex-sheriff-lee-bacas-corruption-case/1669080/ .

2. Victoria Kim and Joel Rubin. December 22, 2016. LA Times. Retrieved via http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-sheriff-lee-baca-trial-20161221-story.html .


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