How high in the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's Chain of Command will the FBI's Arrests and Indictments in its investigation of LA County Jailhouse Abuse go?
Will today's FBI Arrests and Indictments reach the level of Sheriff Lee Baca and former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka?
Numerous media outlets are reporting arrests and pending indictments of Los Angeles County Sheriff Department officials by the FBI, in its investigation of LA County Jailhouse abuse cover-ups and the alleged tampering of an inside FBI informant.
As the time nears the 1 P.M. Press Conference by G-Men Officials, the LA Times is reporting
that seven officials have be indicted on obstruction of justice and giving false testimony under oath. The San Jose Mercury News states
that at least a dozen officials have been implicated.
As one can visualize, this story is very fluid with Randy Economy of the Los Cerritos News noting the following .........
United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. and FBI Assistant Director in Charge Bill Lewis will be announcing the arrests during the press conference that is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m..
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson Mike Parker told HMG-CN that he is referring all media questions to the Los Angeles office of the FBI and that he would not comment on the specifics of the situation.
LA Weekly's Gene Maddaus gets the award for best pre-press conference report via this missive at the "Weekly of Record" ..........
Federal authorities have indicted 17 current and former members of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department on a range of charges, including obstructing an investigation of abuse in the county jails, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.
The federal charges also relate to two incidents of violence against county inmates, as well as unrelated mortgage fraud and gun charges, according to the sources. The highest ranking defendants are two lieutenants -- Gregory Thompson and Stephen Leavins -- according to a copy of one of the indictments, posted after the jump.
More updates later this afternoon.
Your thoughts .................
Scott Johnson in CD 14
Labels: Los Angeles Sheriff Department, Paul Tanaka, sheriff lee baca, the FBI