Judge Assigns Public Defender For Bello Ahead Of ‘Bell 8’ Hearing

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The former mayor of the city of Bell has a new lawyer.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports Victor Bello could be back in court now that his legal problems have been fixed.

Earlier this month, Bello, 53, said he was broke, depressed and unable to defend himself against corruption charges linked to his time working as both mayor and city councilman for Bell.

“The lawyer that I had, unfortunately he was not able to continue, so I’m looking for one now pro bono who wants to help and that understands that I’m not guilty,” Bello said at the time. “All I’ve done is do the right thing.”

But on Thursday, Bello was assigned a new lawyer — deputy public defender John Powers — so taxpayers will be funding his legal defense for the time being.

Bello and the rest of the “Bell 8” are scheduled to return to court at the end of February.

  • lee

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.

    My dog was poisoned to death, a stolen car was run into the front of my house, gang members are harrassing me, I get death threats, BB guns are being shot at my car when I drive, my car is being tampered with, money and jewelry has been stolen out of my house, several times out cycling corrupt FBI and DEA tried to run me over with their cars and these corrupt DOD employees are using torture as a punishment.
    With very long term harassment and use of torture (sleep deprivation, stress positions, etc) the FBI and DEA are intentionally creating their own terrorists and criminals when evidence of any supposed crime does not support their investigation/harassment of a suspect.
    Typical D.O.J. Investigation except they have been harassing me for 20 years.

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