Five former Bell City Council members Wednesday agreed to accept a plea deal in the city’s corruption scandal.
Los Angeles County prosecutors said Tuesday they plan to retry five former Bell officials convicted of misappropriating public funds.
Prosecutors will now announce on May 29 whether they plant to retry them for corruption charges on which jurors could not reach verdicts.
Jurors in the city of Bell corruption trial have gone home for the weekend after concluding deliberations for the day.
Jurors began deliberating Friday in the case against six former City of Bell officials charged with corruption.
Closing arguments began Wednesday morning in the trial of six City of Bell officials charged with corruption.
Testimony began Friday morning in the fraud trial of Bell’s ex-Mayor, Oscar Hernandez, and five former city council members.
Opening statements were heard Thursday morning in the trial of Bell’s ex-Mayor, Oscar Hernandez, and five former city council members.
City of Bell residents flocked to the polls today to elect five new City Council members. The municipality has been politically stagnant since eight current and former officials were charged with swindling public funds.
Six of Bell’s current and former city officials were ordered to stand trial Wednesday on charges of misappropriating public funds.
The six current and former officials facing charges of looting the working-class suburb of Bell were actually highly paid puppets of the Los Angeles suburb’s disgraced city manager, according to the testimony of the lone member of the city council not facing criminal charges.
Eight current and former Bell city officials are due in court Monday for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require them to stand trial on charges that they misappropriated public funds.
Three present and former Bell city leaders facing public corruption charges want the cash-strapped city to pay their legal bills.
A Bell City Council meeting ended abruptly Monday after city leaders were called “shameless thugs” by a spectator.