Corruption Trial of Sheriff’s Deputies Begins

Gordon Tokumatsu and Kelly Goff (NBC) | May 28, 2014

The trial of six former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies accused of corruption continues Wednesday in a downtown Los Angeles courthouse.

Each stand accused of corruption and obstruction of justice stemming from an alleged scheme to hide an inmate-turned-FBI-informant from his handlers during a federal investigation into civil rights abuses at the hands of jailers.

Prosecutors argued during opening statements Tuesday that when inmate Anthony Brown was discovered in 2011 with a cell phone planted by FBI agents, the deputies participated in an operation to keep him hidden while interrogating him about what he might have disclosed to investigators.

An indictment against the six deputies – Gregory Thompson, Stephen Leavins, Gerard Smith, Mickey Manzo, Scott Craig and Maricella Long – says two even went so far as to show up at the home of a federal prosecutor in an attempt to intimidate her.

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