Jury dismissed for weekend in corruption trial

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 2/22/2013 5:16 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors in the corruption case against six former Bell city officials have been dismissed for the weekend.

The panel deliberated for about six hours Friday after prosecutors told them the officials had exploited the trust of a city to steal its money. Deputy District Attorney Ed Miller said in addition to their inflated council salaries, the officials appointed each other to commissions that did nothing and often met yearly just to increase their pay. Some made $100,000 a year and authorities have estimated that a total of $5.5 million was taken from the city coffers.

Defense lawyers argued that the officials put in more time than was required and were dedicated to helping poor and ailing residents of Bell while improving schools and public facilities.

Deliberations are set to resume Monday.

 

©2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Share
0 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

No comments yet!
NEWSCASTS ON DEMAND
WATCH OUR LIVE NEWSCAST

What's On

All content © Copyright 2014 Intermountain West Communications Company. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
You may also view our Sitemap

Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.