Testimony in Ex Sheriff's Corruption Retrial Ends

Testimony ended Thursday in the retrial of former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca after the defense called only one witness.

Closing arguments were scheduled for Monday because Baca's lead defense attorney said he was feeling ill.

The sole witness to testify for the defense was Mike Gennaco, a former federal prosecutor who went to work as Baca's in house watchdog of deputy misconduct.

Baca faces felony charges of obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and making false statements.

Federal prosecutors say the ex Sheriff was behind a scheme in 2011 to interfere with a grand jury investigation of civil rights abuses inside County jails, then lied when he was questioned about it two years later.

The jury in Baca's first trial deadlocked on the first two counts in December.

-- Eric Leonard at Federal Court

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