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Times investigation: Baca ordered criminal probe outside jurisdiction on behalf of political donor

Beverly Hills business magnate Ezat Delijani, left, and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca attend a ceremony formally dedicating the corner of 7th Street and Broadway as Ezat Delijani Square.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca directed detectives to launch a criminal investigation outside his agency's jurisdiction on behalf of a well-connected supporter who has given the sheriff political contributions and expensive gifts, a Times investigation has found.

The sheriff's investigation targeted a tenant who was embroiled in a rental dispute with Ezat Delijani, a longtime Baca political donor. The sheriff assigned his detectives to the case after Beverly Hills police had concluded that Delijani's allegations did not amount to a crime.

In an interview, Baca downplayed his personal involvement in opening the probe last year. He said the Beverly Hills business magnate received no preferential treatment.

Sheriff's Department records, however, show that Baca sent a handwritten note to his then-chief of detectives requesting the investigation. Additionally, records reveal that detectives referred to the case as a "Sheriff Baca Special Request" and gave it a "rush" status, generally reserved for high-priority or time-sensitive cases, including homicides.

Read the full story here.

-- Robert Faturechi

Photo: Beverly Hills business magnate Ezat Delijani, left, and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca attend a ceremony formally dedicating the corner of 7th Street and Broadway as Ezat Delijani Square.

 
Comments () | Archives (9)

stupid article...Sheriff has jurisdiction everywhere buddy. Especially in Rental cases

the sheriff is a crook, send him to jail with the rest of the catholic priests who are child molesters, put him in jail next to Lindsey Lohan and that lady who just ran over and killed a bicyclist and drove away.

Why are you surprised?

Mike needs to work on his reading:

"The sheriff assigned his detectives to the case after Beverly Hills police had concluded that Delijani's allegations did not amount to a crime."

Baca has generally done a pretty good job but needs to keep his reputation untarnished if he wants to keep his job.

My big beef with him is his refusal to issue carry concealed weapon (CCW) permits.

An investigation a few years ago determined that CCW holders committed fewer gun crimes per-capita rate than off-duty law enforcement officers, and that communities with higher rates of CCWs have fewer violent crimes. These people make us safer.

Like I always say polititions are corrupt, liars and thieves even worst with a gun and a badge you've created a monster

Mike,

Actually the sheriff has jurisdiction if the local agency of jurisdiction does not act upon it. The case had already been investigated and the jurisdictional agency had found it was not criminal.

Let him keep doing this stuff and you will be in the running with Maricopa County for most lawsuits dollars paid out due to the Sheriff!


Where is the DA? Crazy ole Baca is obviously wrong. Is Baca loosing his mind? We need some oversight DA, help us out pal!

Head of the Cops Gone Wild.

It's no wonder the LA Sheriffs command less and less respect each year.

When the bad apples come from the top, it's time to throw out the tree.


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