The Latest: Acquitted sheriff 'hurt' by deputies' claims

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Posted: Nov 04, 2016 7:07 PM

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a Louisiana sheriff accused of federal civil rights violations after deputies beat inmates (all times local):

5:50 p.m.

A south Louisiana sheriff says he's relieved that a federal jury listened to his attorney and acquitted him of civil rights charges arising from the beatings of black inmates by deputies.

Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal told KLFY-TV that he was hurt that some of his former deputies testified against him. He said he had considered the deputies his friends.

Ackal was found not guilty Friday afternoon on four federal counts alleging conspiracy, deprivation of rights and obstruction of justice.

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5:15 p.m.

A federal jury has acquitted a south Louisiana sheriff of encouraging or ignoring the beatings of jail inmates.

News outlets reported Friday afternoon's not-guilty verdict in the civil rights trial of Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal.

Ten deputies pleaded guilty, and jurors heard from deputies who described beating suspects and inmates.

But Ackal's defense lawyer argued that the abuses they described were the work of members of a rogue narcotics unit, and that the deputies had taken plea deals after making false statements before grand juries or in depositions.

The case was tried in a federal courtroom in the northwest Louisiana city of Shreveport.

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2 p.m.

Jury deliberations have begun in the federal trial of a south Louisiana sheriff accused of encouraging or ignoring the beatings of jail inmates.

News outlets covering the trial of Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal report that closing arguments wrapped up Friday morning.

Ackal has pleaded not guilty to charges related to abuse and cover-ups dating back to his first days in office eight years ago. Ten deputies have pleaded guilty in the case. Jurors heard from deputies who described beating suspects and inmates.

Ackal's defense attorney told jurors that the deputies had taken plea deals after making false statements earlier before grand juries or in depositions.

The case was tried in a federal courtroom in the northwest Louisiana city of Shreveport.