Bell Leaders Want City To Pay Their Legal Bills

BELL (AP) — Three present and former Bell city leaders facing public corruption charges want the cash-strapped city to pay their legal bills.

Attorneys for Mayor Oscar Hernandez, Councilwoman Teresa Jacobo and former Councilman George Cole have filed court documents in recent weeks saying the city should cover their legal expenses in a suit filed last year by the California attorney general’s office.

The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday that Jacobo and Cole also want Bell to pay their criminal defense costs on charges filed by Los Angeles County prosecutors.

Rocked by scandals and sky-high salaries, state auditors reported last week that Bell is on the brink of bankruptcy.

Lawyers for the defendants say in documents filed last week that their clients did nothing legally wrong and are entitled to have Bell cover the costs.

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  1. Actually, more like their lawyers want the city to pay their bills because they know their clients will soon have nothing.

  2. CW OF L.A. says:

    LEGALLY OR MORALLY THEY WERE WRONG AND THEY KNOW IT. SO LET THEM PAY FOR THEIR OWN CRIMINAL DEFENSE. THEY HAVE A LOT OF NERVE

    1. DudB says:

      CW of L.A.you said it right. These fools either have a lot of nerve or are just plain stupid.

  3. Logical says:

    I think offering high salaries to attract the best and brightest to public service and then charging them with a crime when they accept these jobs is immoral and repugnant.

  4. CW in L.A. says:

    I think that if you take a job in a cash strapped city like Bell. You should morally know that you are taking from the people. It you are making 3 times the salary as other cities, you should know that something is not right. Its not about the best and the brightest it is about the gready and self centered. Juust because you are the best and the brightest does not give you the right to soak the public.

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