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  • Bell trial: Prosecutor, ex-councilman at odds over salaries

     
    The prosecutor in the corruption trial of six former Bell City Council members took aim Friday at a defendant’s claim that he voted to raise council salaries in order to diversify the panel in the largely immigrant city. With George......
  • Ex-Bell councilwoman believed Rizzo was a 'very good' city manager

     
    Former Bell councilwoman Teresa Jacobo -- accused along with five former colleagues in a far-reaching municipal corruption case -- testified Monday that she was a hard-working leader who tried her best to improve the lives of her constituents. Jacobo...
  • Bell trial: Ex-councilman defends voting to raise his salary

     
    Former Bell Councilman George Cole returned to the witness stand Thursday, saying he worked long hours in the small Los Angeles County city and had voted himself a raise in 2005 when the economy was still rocketing upward and sales......
  • Bell council took money from the poor, D.A. says

     
    The prosecutor in the Bell corruption case took aim at the six defendants in his closing statement Wednesday, saying that instead of serving their low-income community they were more interested in fattening their wallets. “I’m talking about...
  • Bell defense: 'We are here for Mr. Rizzo's sins'

     
    Defense attorneys in the Bell corruption case turned on the prosecutor Thursday, calling him a "Monday morning quarterback" whose arguments were “hogwash” and relied on theatrics and emotion to hide that he hadn't proved his case. “Mr....
  • Bell trial: Ex-councilman says Rizzo forced him to take benefits

     
    Former Bell City Councilman George Cole testified Thursday about the extraordinary retirement benefits he received through the city, and the great job that former City Manager Robert Rizzo did in his early years in the small, working-class city. Cole...
  • Bell trial: Witness says Rizzo tricked her into misstating salaries

     
    A former ranking Bell administrator who contends she was tricked into providing false information about the enormous salaries being paid to leaders of the small city will be called back to the witness stand Friday afternoon. Lourdes Garcia, who has......
  • Bell trial: D.A. investigator returns to witness stand

     
    The lead investigator for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office's public integrity division is scheduled to resume his testimony on Tuesday in the trial of six former Bell council members accused of corruption....
  • Bell trial: Ex-administrator Spaccia in court to 'lend support'

     
    As the trial of six former Bell City Council members continued Wednesday, a surprise spectator watched from the back of the courtroom. For the first time since the trial began last month, former Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia –- who......
  • Bell trial: Ex-councilwoman says Rizzo offered her pay increase

     
    Teresa Jacobo, the first defendant to testify in the Bell corruption trial, returned to the witness stand Friday. The former council member testified earlier that she made just $500 a month when she joined the city in 2001 and continued......
  • First Bell defendant takes stand in corruption trial

     
    Teresa Jacobo on Thursday became the first defendant to take the stand in the corruption case of six Bell council members accused of raiding the city treasury by drawing extraordinary salaries. Slightly built and not quite 5 feet tall, Jacobo......
  • Bell trial: Ex-councilman has 'mental issues,' attorney says

     
    Former councilman Victor Bello, one of the defendants in the Bell corruption case, takes medicine for depression and suicidal tendencies and was an outcast in city government because of his angry tangles with the city manager. "He has a life......