Jury seated; openings set in Bell corruption trial

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Updated: 1/23/2013 5:08 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury has been chosen to judge six former officials charged with massive corruption in the city of Bell.

The jurors were seated Wednesday after two days of questioning that eliminated those openly biased against the defendants. Some prospective jurors said they were disgusted by stories about greed and mismanagement of city funds.

Prosecutors are expected to outline a pattern of alleged corruption in their opening statements Thursday. Defense attorneys will claim their clients earned their salaries, working for the benefit of citizens in the blue collar suburb of Los Angeles.

The city was driven to the brink of bankruptcy with some $5.5 million allegedly taken from city coffers. Two key figures, City Manager Robert Rizzo and Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia are absent. They are facing a separate trial.

 

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