The six defendants - two lieutenants, two sergeants and two
deputies - were convicted by a federal jury in Los Angeles of
conspiracy and obstruction of justice, charges which carry a
possible maximum prison sentence of 15 years, media reported.
City News Service, a California news agency cited U.S. Attorney
Andre Birotte Jr. as saying: "(The defendants) participated in a
scheme to thwart a federal grand jury investigation into
violations of basic constitutional rights guaranteed to both
prisoners and visitors to county jails."
Accusations ranged from conspiring to obstruct a 2011 federal
investigation including an effort to prevent contact between
federal investigators and an inmate informant after his cover
According to media reports, attorneys for the men argued they
were following orders from more senior officials in the
Sheriff's Department, which oversees the largest county jail
system in the United States and its roughly 18,000 inmates.
Sentencing was set for Sept. 8, media reported. A trial for a
seventh defendant ended last month in a mistrial, media
Reuters could not independently verify the reports.
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)
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