LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Closing arguments began Monday in the federal corruption trial of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca.
During the trial, prosecutors argued Baca was the driving force behind a conspiracy to obstruct an investigation into abuses in his jail system.READ MORE: Lawmaker Calls For Change On California Film Sets After Prop-Gun Shooting Death Of Halyna Hutchins By Alec Baldwin
The 74-year-old’s attorneys argued his top aide, Paul Tanaka, and other underlings were to blame for the obstruction.
The six-man, six-woman jury could begin deliberating early this afternoon or Tuesday morning.READ MORE: Man With Schizophrenia Reported Missing In Downtown Los Angeles
The former sheriff is being tried in downtown Los Angeles on conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges, which focus on a period of time five years ago at the Men’s Central Jail.
Baca retired suddenly in 2014 at the height of the federal probe. He had been sheriff since December 1998.MORE NEWS: Sheriff's Deputies Find No Armed Subject After 911 Call And Search Of San Jacinto Walmart
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