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Foreperson: 1 Juror Frustrating Bell Corruption Trial Deliberations

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors in the corruption trial of former Bell city official Angela Spaccia have complained that one juror is frustrating their deliberations.

In a note to Judge Kathleen Kennedy, the jury foreperson said the male Hispanic juror seemed to have a language problem and couldn’t understand the evidence.

But when the juror was called into court Tuesday, he spoke clear, unaccented English and said he also was fluent in Spanish. He said the only time he became confused was when everyone was talking at once and he couldn’t focus.

The note said the jurors, in their fifth day of talks, had decided only three of the case’s 13 counts. The judge ordered them to continue deliberating.

Spaccia is charged with misappropriation of public funds, conflict of interest and other charges.

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