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Baca promises to examine Sheriff's Department's eviction policies

March 4, 2009 |  8:05 am

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said he will research the question of whether his office has the leeway to stop carrying out court-ordered evictions of people foreclosed from their homes.

Baca also said he would write letters on the homeowners' behalf to each bank president or mortgage company that holds their notes and lobby their case for loan modification so people can stay in their homes.

The sheriff made the announcement during a meeting with homeowners facing foreclosure organized by the community group ACORN.

But Baca did not agree to the activists' request that he put a moratorium on evictions. He also told the homeowners that he believed they should obey the law and leave their houses if they get eviction orders, according to his spokesman, Steve Whitmore.

Last month, ACORN announced a nationwide campaign to get homeowners to resist foreclosures, in some cases by committing civil disobedience and refusing to leave their houses.

-- Jessica Garrison