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  • Five of 6 ex-Bell council members found guilty in corruption trial

    Five of 6 ex-Bell council members found guilty in corruption trial
    A Los Angeles jury convicted five of six former council members of stealing from the working-class city of Bell in a corruption scandal that became a national synonym for outrageous municipal salaries and rogue governance.
  • Verdicts are delivered, but Bell residents are eager to move on

    Verdicts are delivered, but Bell residents are eager to move on
    When Los Angeles prosecutors filed charges against Bell officials in 2010, it inspired celebrations and rallies in the small working-class city. At the time, anger over the allegations of widespread corruption burned hot. Many also were embarrassed Bell...

    Bell juror: "It was very, very tense" and could have gotten worse

     
    Deliberations in the Bell corruption case were “very, very tense” and could have become more heated had a Superior Court judge not declared a mistrial Thursday on outstanding charges against five former leaders in the city, according to a...

    Bell corruption trial: Jurors may be struggling

     
    Before adjourning Monday, jurors in the corruption case of six former Bell City Council members again asked to have testimony read back to them, an indication that they are still trying to decide if the high salaries the elected officials...

    Bell jury wants more testimony read back; still no verdict

     
    Before leaving the courthouse Thursday without reaching a verdict, jurors in the Bell corruption trial asked for a read-back of testimony regarding one defendant's pay and another's ability to read and write. The testimony will be read to the panel...