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LASD Officials Plead Not Guilty To Conspiracy, Obstruction Charges
CBSLA.com) ^ | December 16, 2013 2:54 PM | Claudia Peschiutta

Posted on 12/16/2013 7:00:12 PM PST by BenLurkin

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Four Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice plead not guilty Monday in a wide-ranging federal probe of alleged abuses inside county jails.

KNX 1070′s Claudia Peschiutta reports the officials are among 18 total defendants named in a series of indictments unsealed last week alleging various acts of corruption.

Lt. Gregory Thompson, Deputy Gerard Smith, Sgt. Scott Craig and Sgt. Maricella Long all entered not-guilty pleas before U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Craig and Long are also facing single counts of making a false statement to authorities.

A fifth defendant named in the indictment, Deputy James Sexton, was expected to enter a plea later Monday afternoon.

According to the indictment, an inmate identified only as “AB” was working as an informant for the FBI in connection with the federal probe.

On Aug. 25, 2011, a federal judge ordered the inmate — who was identified earlier by the Los Angeles Times as Anthony Brown — to appear before a grand jury as part of the investigation, according to the indictment.

After learning of the federal probe, the defendants “knowingly conspired to corruptly influence, obstruct and impede, and endeavor to influence, obstruct and impede, the due administration of justice,” the indictment alleges.

According to the indictment, Leavins, Craig and Long allegedly tried to dissuade potential witnesses from cooperating with the federal probe, unsuccessfully sought a court order to compel the FBI to provide explicit details of the jail probe and tried to intimidate an FBI agent by going to her home and threatening to arrest her.

After Sexton appears this afternoon, all 18 defendants will have been freed on bond, according to U.S. Attorneys spokesman Thom Mrozek.

Another defendant who was not arrested last week, Eric Gonzalez, has been arraigned, according to Mrozek. He made his initial court appearance and pleaded not guilty this past Friday afternoon, Mrozek said.

Sheriff Lee Baca said last week that the defendants who are still with the department would be suspended without pay.


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1 posted on 12/16/2013 7:00:12 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: Alaska Wolf

ping


2 posted on 12/16/2013 7:02:30 PM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: BenLurkin

“knowingly conspired to corruptly influence, obstruct and impede, and endeavor to influence, obstruct and impede, the due administration of justice,”

Sounds like Eric Holder’s resume.


3 posted on 12/16/2013 7:31:33 PM PST by jospehm20
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To: jospehm20

bttt!


4 posted on 12/16/2013 7:40:17 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

“would be suspended without pay.”

This is significant, IMO.


5 posted on 12/16/2013 9:09:32 PM PST by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: BenLurkin

What are these “alleged abuses in the county jail”?

Like in Baltimore, where the jailers were bringing drugs and phones and having sex with gang kingpins? Like in PG County, a little farther south, where inmates hanged themselves while in observation cells? Or like in DC, where they sic psychos on transvestite prisoners?


6 posted on 12/16/2013 10:33:14 PM PST by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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