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Case against LA sheriff deputy James Sexton ends in mistrial




L.A. Sheriff's Deputy James Sexton (center) walks outside an L.A. court with his attorney and wife. On Thursday, a mistrial was declared in the federal case against Sexton, the first of seven to charge current and former members of the department with conspiracy and obstruction of justice stemming from an investigation into corruption and inmates beatings in L.A. jails.
L.A. Sheriff's Deputy James Sexton (center) walks outside an L.A. court with his attorney and wife. On Thursday, a mistrial was declared in the federal case against Sexton, the first of seven to charge current and former members of the department with conspiracy and obstruction of justice stemming from an investigation into corruption and inmates beatings in L.A. jails.
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Earlier this morning, a mistrial was declared in the federal case against L.A. County Sheriff's deputy James Sexton. Sexton is one of seven current and former sheriffs deputies who've been accused of conspiracy to obstruct justice in the federal probe of the LA County jails.

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For more, we're joined by KPCC's crime and public safety reporter Rina Palta and Laurie Levinson, a formal federal prosecutor and a professor at Loyola Law School.