Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Shield Sheriff Lee Baca from Lawsuit

Los Angeles Times, April 30, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to shield Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca from being sued for racial gang violence in the jails he supervises.

The justices without comment turned down an appeal from the county’s lawyers, who argued Baca cannot be held personally liable for the stabbing of an inmate since he had no personal involvement in the incident.

Instead, the court let stand a decision of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which said Baca can be sued for “deliberate indifference” to the inmate’s rights since he was on notice of the jailhouse violence and failed to take action to stop it.

Dion Starr says he was stabbed 23 times by Latino gang members at the Central Men’s Jail in 2006. He also says he was kicked in the face by a guard who saw the incident and refused to come to his aid. In his suit, Starr named Baca as well as the guards and deputies who were at the scene.


Judges in California had been split over whether there was enough evidence for the suit against Baca to go forward. U.S. District Judge George Wu in Los Angeles threw out the claim against the sheriff in 2008, since there was no evidence personally linking Baca to the jailhouse stabbing.


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  •  But (stammers) I thought it was the State ideology that Multiculturalism was the Supreme Law of the land.  How can they sue Lee Baca for simply following State directives??  Lee Baca is NOT allowed to state that Black inmates face grave danger from Latino inmates because that does not jive with the Ministry of Truth’s slogan : DIEversity is our Greatest Strength!

  • IstvanIN

    Ruth Bader Ginsberg said in a majority Supreme Court ruling that it was a violation of inmate’s civil rights to segregate inmates on the basis of race. She thinks blacks inmates have a right to rape white inmates. She really does. Just read Justice Thomas’ disent where he blatantly states what happens to whites at the hand of blacks in prison. But Sheriff Lee Baca has an obligation to protect blacks from Hispanics??? And when the black lambs get hurt the Sheriff is at fault? What a country.

    • anarchyst

      ruth bader ginsburg (I purposely did not capitalize her name) should be impeached and prosecuted for TREASON.  She stated that she would utilize “international law” in formulating her judicial decisions.  In addition, she encouraged a new country that was seeking a constitution to NOT adopt the US Constitution, but to adopt one such as in South Africa . . . she is NOT an American, but an internationalist . . .

    • Hirene

      Ruth Bader Ginsberg is one of the biggest Affirmative Action idiots ever to sit on the Supreme Court.  

  • Eagle_Eyed

    I don’t envy Sheriff Lee, but at some point leadership at the local level needs to step up.  Much like Arapaio does anything he wants, regardless of Holder’s threats, local law enforcement and government officials know very well what is the right thing to do.  In this case, it means segregating by races, regardless of what liberal judges with no experience in corrections declare.  

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Well, who isn’t suing Baca?

    Immigrant rights groups are suing Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca in an effort to force him to hand over information about his cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

    Sheriff Lee Baca has been sued by MALDEF for refusing to release all of the department’s files on the 1970 killing by a deputy of Chicano journalist Ruben Salazar.

    The American Civil Liberties Union Wednesday filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Sheriff Lee Baca for what it described as “extraordinary brutality” by deputies against inmates in LA County jails.

    And then there’s this, the lawsuit filed by — and why this idiot gets NO sympathy from me:

    March 2012:

    The Calguns Foundation (CGF) has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Los Angeles Sheriff Leroy “Lee” Baca, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and Los Angeles County. The case…challenges the Sheriff’s ban on accepting and processing applications for carry licenses submitted by city residents. 

    Apparently, Sheriff Baca and the county do not feel bound to follow precedent set by the California Court of appeals when they ruled against them in. 1976.

    Baca’s intent is quite clear: make it as difficult as possible for law-abiding residents of Los Angeles County to defend their lives and those of their families.

    You’re going down, Baca.  Good riddance. 


  • ageofknowledge

    Wow. This might actually make the place safer. But how will they accomplish that? Lock inmates down 23/7 for their whole stay I suppose.

  • Baca is a real Piece or work  alright.  a glad-handing,  money-grubbbing political whore practically
     attached to our sleazy mayor, Villar (which IS his real name..) and yes,  has been just another ina  chain of  L.A. County Sherrifs since 1976 who have  never processed so much as ONE  carry-permit
      for a resident.. ( ones who weren’t political Hacks, apppointees or friends..  Baca  did EXACTLY that for a small circle of his campaign-fundraising buddies.. one of whom  got drunk & started waving that gun at people  on a public  golf course in 2010..)  so  I would be   very happy indeed to  see him busted, sued, de-funded, ANYTHING!

  • JackKrak

    Allowing prisons and jails to segregate inmates to reduce violence would be the ultimate acknowledgement that multiculturalism/multiracialism is a monumental failure that will never work. If people in confined spaces with rigid rules cannot get along without fighting, how could they possibly do it in a free and open society?

    That’s why the liberals will never allow it.