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Retired Judge Lourdes G. Baird named to county jail violence panel

October 31, 2011 |  2:27 pm

Retired federal Judge Lourdes G. Baird was appointed Monday to the newly formed County Commission on Jail Violence where she will probe allegations of brutality and abuse against inmates by Los Angeles deputies at Men’s Central Jail. 

Baird, 76, served as a judge in the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California for 13 years before stepping down in 2005.

"Judge Baird is a person of impeccable integrity, wisdom and independence,” County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said in a statement.

Yaroslavsky nominated Baird and helped establish the commission.

“As this region's top federal prosecutor and one of the most respected federal judges in the district, she earned a reputation as a 'straight shooter' who lets the facts dictate her conclusions,” Yaroslavsky said.

The Board of Supervisors approved the jail violence commission Oct. 18.

Baird will help investigate Los Angeles County’s main custody facility and eventually present findings and recommendations.

Born in Ecuador, Baird became one of the highest-ranking Hispanic women in the U.S. Justice Department when President George H.W. Bush appointed her to the District Court in 1992.

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-- Matt Stevens  

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