LOS ANGELES (AP) — A report says Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca told detectives to launch a criminal investigation against a tenant of one of his well-connected supporters and contributors.
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A story the Los Angeles Times posted on its website Sunday said the department’s investigation targeted a man who was in a Beverly Hills rental dispute with longtime Baca donor Ezat Delijani (dell-ih-JAH’-nee).
The Times says the investigation was outside Baca’s jurisdiction and Beverly Hills police had already concluded there was no crime involved.
The story says the sheriff sent a handwritten note to his chief of detectives requesting the probe and detectives gave it a special “rush” status normally reserved for serious crimes.
Baca told the Times he had little personal involvement in the probe and Delijani received no special treatment.
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