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Former Bell assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia

Opening Statements Begin In Corruption Trial For Bell’s Former Assistant City Manager

Until two weeks ago, Angela Spaccia was the secondary defendant in the Bell city corruption trial, a footnote to the activities of her boss, disgraced City Manager Robert Rizzo who was charged with robbing the small city blind to the tune of more nearly $6 million. Then the unthinkable happened.

10/23/2013

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Jury Selected In Corruption Trial Of Former Bell Assistant City Manager

A jury of seven women and five men has been chosen to judge the former assistant city manager of Bell on corruption charges.

KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO–10/21/2013

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Jury Selection Begins In Spaccia Corruption Case

Jury selection began Monday for a former city of Bell official accused of helping bilk taxpayers out to millions of dollars.

CBS2 / KCAL9–10/07/2013

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Ex-Rizzo Assistant Set To Face Corruption Charges In Bell Scandal

A former city of Bell official accused of helping to bilk taxpayers out of roughly $5.5 million was in court Friday for a pretrial hearing.

10/04/2013

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Ex-Bell City Manager Rizzo Pleads No Contest To Corruption Charges

Robert Rizzo, the former city manager and accused mastermind behind a wide-ranging corruption scandal in the city of Bell, pleaded no contest Thursday to all 69 charges brought against him, officials announced.

10/03/2013

Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo  (Photo credit: Irfan Khan-Pool/Getty Images)

Judge Blocks Request To Move Corruption Trial Out Of LA County

A judge Wednesday rejected a request from the attorney for former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo to move his trial on corruption charges out of Los Angeles County.

08/28/2013

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Compton Elects New Mayor After Corruption Case

The city of Compton has a new mayor Wednesday following a overwhelming victory for urban planner and activist Aja Brown.

06/05/2013

Five former Bell City Council members, George Mirabal (C), (2L-R) Teresa Jacobo, George Cole, Oscar Hernandez and Victor Bello, were found guilty last year of stealing public money by paying themselves extraordinary salaries in one of Los Angeles County's poorest cities. (Photo credit: Irfan Khan-Pool/Getty Images)

Mistrial Declared On Remaining 10 Counts In Bell Corruption Case

A judge Thursday declared a mistrial on the remaining 10 felony counts against five defendants in the Bell corruption trial.

03/21/2013

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Ex-Councilman Acquitted In Bell Corruption Trial Knew Truth Would Set Him Free

The former councilman who was acquitted of all charges in the Bell corruption trial said he believed all along that the truth would set him free.

CBS2 / KCAL9–03/20/2013

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Judge Dismisses Juror For Misconduct In Bell Corruption Trial

The judge presiding over the Bell corruption case kicked a juror off the panel Thursday, citing misconduct, KNX 1070 reported.

02/28/2013

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Judge Denies Juror’s Request To Be Removed From Bell Trial

A female juror was refused a request Tuesday to be removed from the panel on the second day of deliberations in the Bell corruption trial.

02/26/2013

Bell California City Council Members Arraigned On Corruption Charges

Jury Deliberations Begin In City Of Bell Corruption Case

Jurors began deliberating Friday in the case against six former City of Bell officials charged with corruption.

CBS2 / KCAL9–02/22/2013

Former City of Bell mayor Oscar Hernandez (credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Attorney Claims Ex-Bell Mayor Too Uneducated To Note High Salaries

The defense attorney for former mayor Oscar Hernandez was too uneducated to know whether his six-figure salary was illegal.

02/21/2013

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Closing Arguments Begin In Bell Corruption Trial

Closing arguments began Wednesday morning in the trial of six City of Bell officials charged with corruption.

CBS2 / KCAL9–02/20/2013

Former Compton Mayor Omar Bradley, who professed to fear for his life at the hands of some Compton Police officers, adjusted his glasses as he gave his annual "state of the city" address February 15, 2000 in Compton, California. Bradley had arrived to the previous week's City Counsel meeting with four civilian bodyguards to protect him from police. The Compton Police Officers Association has called for Bradley's recall and he has accused the police of corruption. (credit: David McNew)

Compton’s Former ‘Gangster Mayor’ Omar Bradley Wants His Old Job Back

Nine years ago, Omar Bradley was convicted of corruption and sentenced to three years in prison. The California Supreme Court overturned that decision six months ago and Bradley now wants his old job back.

01/23/2013

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