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6 members of LA County Sheriff Dept. found guilty of obstruction in FBI case

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Defendants in a case against Los Angeles Sheriff's Department employees, their attorneys and their supporters leaving court on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

On Tuesday, six current and former members of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department were found guilty of obstructing justice during an FBI investigation in inmate abuse in the city's jail system. 

They now face up to 15 years in federal prison. Back in May, a jury was hung on whether or not a seventh member of the department was guilty of the same crime. With Tuesday's victory, prosecutors could move forward with further investigation.

Miriam Krinsky is the executive director of L.A. County's Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence. She joins us to talk about what Tuesday's verdict means and looks ahead to the future of the sheriffs department. 


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