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Buck Will Be Tried, but Conviction Is Far From Guaranteed

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Ed Buck Will Finally Face Trial, but His Conviction Is Far From Guaranteed

By Jason McGahan for Los Angeles Magazine

Charged with the the deaths of two men who overdosed in his apartment, the former Democratic operative’s path to punishment could be difficult and uncertain

On September 11, a black man whom the authorities are calling “Joe Doe” hurried from a West Hollywood apartment to a nearby gas station and asked the attendant on duty to call 911. A wealthy older man had injected him with crystal meth, Doe said, and then refused to call an ambulance when he began overdosing.

Thus began a chain of events that resulted, at long last, in the arrest of Ed Buck. By then the longtime Democratic Party operative was the target of protest vigils, a wrongful death lawsuit, and a TV news stakeout.

Though two black men had been found dead of meth overdoses in his home in a span of 18 months, and several others were telling investigators that Buck had brought them into his residence and injected them with a quantity of the drug that made them lose consciousness, local prosecutors had resisted calls to make an arrest.

The 911 emergency of Joe Doe propelled the case suddenly forward out of what seemed, at least to observers, an interminable lapse of inertia. Within days after Doe was discharged from the hospital, Buck was arrested at his home by L.A. County sheriff’s deputies and booked on state charges in connection with Doe’s overdose.

In Doe, investigators had a witness who had escaped Buck’s apartment alive, and what he told them gave prosecutors the break they needed to bring long-awaited charges in what was alleged to be one of the most macabre L.A. crime sprees in years. At that point, however […]

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Police Oversight

Ex-LA Sheriff Baca to Serve 3-Year Prison Term for Corruption

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca Thursday was ordered to begin serving his three-year prison term early next month for his 2017 conviction for obstructing an FBI investigation into a large-scale corruption scheme in the county jail system.

Federal Judge Percy Anderson ordered the 77-year-old Baca to report to prison on Feb. 5 after the U.S. Supreme Court Monday refused to hear his appeal requesting to overturn his conviction.

Baca, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, ran the nation’s largest sheriff’s department for more than 15 years.

On March 2017, Baca was convicted on federal charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice and […]

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Lakewood Felon Charged With Shooting Dog, Fleeing Police

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LOS ANGELES — A Lakewood man was charged Jan 14 with six felony counts, including animal cruelty, in connection with the fatal shooting of a dog, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Shane Michael Dubyak faces one count each of cruelty to an animal; fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly; possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, heroin and a revolver; and unlawful possession of ammunition as well as two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.

The case includes an allegation that Dubyak used a revolver in the commission of animal cruelty.

Arraignment is scheduled Jan 14 in Department 5 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Downey Branch.

On Jan. 5, the defendant reportedly shot a 15-year-old terrier named Artie that was left under his care, in the 16400 block of Phoebe Avenue in La Mirada, prosecutors said. On Jan. 10, police spotted Dubyak and he fled when they attempted to detain him, prosecutors added.

According to ABC “Detectives launched an investigation after the incident was captured on surveillance video, showing someone shooting the dog Sunday before driving off.”

Prosecutors are requesting the defendant be held with no bail for violation of probation terms in which Dubyak pleaded no contest to one felony count of identity theft with a prior.

If convicted as charged on the current case, the defendant faces a possible maximum sentence of more than 14 years in state prison.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Norwalk Station.

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Ret. LAPD Officer Accused Of Revenge Porn Facing Extortion, Assault Charges

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Retired LAPD Officer Accused of Revenge Porn By Ex-Girlfriend

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Criminal charges have been filed against a retired Los Angeles Police Department officer whose ex-girlfriend alleged in a civil lawsuit that he sent nude photos of her to their coworkers.

That retired officer, Danny Reedy, is now facing nine charges in connection with that relationship including extortion, assault, violating a restraining order and possession of a firearm by a person under a temporary restraining order.

Reedy has previously admitted to having had a relationship with Det. Ysabel Villegas that began back in 2013.

According to a lawsuit against Reedy and the LAPD filed by Det. Ysabel Villegas, that romantic relationship became physically abusive. When she ended the relationship, she alleged that Reedy threatened to share nude photos of […]

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