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Inglewood mayor resigns before pleading guilty to misdemeanor conflict of interest charge [Updated]

Inglewood Mayor Roosevelt Dorn abruptly resigned his elected post Sunday evening, hours before he pleaded guilty this morning to a misdemeanor just as his trial on public corruption charges was expected to begin, a district attorney’s spokeswoman said.

Dorn, a former Superior Court judge, was fined $1,000 and placed on two years of probation as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, said Shiara Davila-Morales. As part of the sentence, Dorn, 74, is prohibited from holding public office.

Dorn, a three-term mayor and ordained clergyman, faced embezzlement charges in connection with his borrowing of $500,000 from a city-funded low-interest loan program originally intended to help Inglewood administrators afford to live in the city. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor conflict of interest charge, Davila-Morales said.

Dorn borrowed the money in November 2004, five months after he voted with the 3-2 council majority to extend the program to elected officials. He received a 30-year loan with a variable interest rate of 2.39%, far less than the market rate.

He allegedly used the funds to pay off the mortgage on his Inglewood home and put the rest in his bank account. He repaid the loan in October 2006.

[Updated at 2:11 p.m.: The headline on an earlier version of this post said Dorn resigned after pleading guilty. He resigned before entering his plea.]

-- Jack Leonard


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Comments () | Archives (18)

About time.

You forgot to mention that he is a Democrat...

Not only is he a former superior court judge, an ordained clergyman, but he was elected 3 times over.

Way to go Inglewood voters.

Is it really worth doing the wrong thing? I mean seriously...we've had so many examples across the spectrum of socio-economic, racial, and gender lines. It really speaks to the human condition, just do the right thing, and you won't have to worry about future outcomes. There are many incredulous democrats, republicans, clergymen, and regular people alike, but when will the "decent" people start being accountable and become ethical examples? Our future needs us to take a stand and be that honest representative.

As a long time citizen of Inglewood its about time we got rid of this TYRANT! Next should be the rest of his elected puppets! They only care about fattening their pockets and making false promises. He should have gotten jail time!!!

And, yet, he's not even the most corrupt politician in that picture. Not even close.

About time! I'm an Inglewood resident, never have I voted for him and I'm so glad he's out! We need someone who will do something for Inglewood, but in politics who can you trust? I'm just glad that man is out!

I live in Inglewood and know the corruption first hand. It has been by experience that Inglewood city personnel are inept. Most employees were hired not because of qualifications, but because of who they new. It is the worst case of nepotism i have seen in my life.

The city as a whole has hope because of its geographic location. Hopefully land developers will oust these idiots.

ITS A SHAME THAT THIS GUY PUT ME IN JAIL AS A JUVENILE AND TOLD ME HOW ASHAMED AND HOW MUCH OF A DISGRACE I WAS AND PUT THE REAL HAMMER DOWN ON ME AND NOW LOOK. IT JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU NOBODY IS PERFECT AND WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES SO HOPEFULLY HE GETS THE SAME HAMMER HE ISSUED TO EVERYONE ELSE WHO WALKED THRU HIS COURTROOM

2.39 %, boy I wish I could have gotten a rate like that,of course I was not a judge/city official, who, in time passed used to dash to Hollywood Park during lunch breaks at Inglewood court, returning late every time. Delaying everyone involved.
But then again I'm not black and I'm not an Obamacrat.

And he is Black, and gets to keep his pensions.......
does not pay back any money....Way to go Ingelwood DA...
So much for a plea agreement, or in this case a plea bargin....how much did the DA get????

He got off way too easy!!! Trust the LORD not your clergyman. Cheers Maverick!

Wow, the lesson is?
Sounds like a conflict of interest.
I recommend checking his other interests,
votes on any board he was on during being Mayor.
Tax Funding for police officers, but used for other items

What a piece of work.

Sounds about right. Poverty pimp stealing from the poor. Fox guarding henhouse caught with feathers in his mouth...

Finally - a day Inglewood can be proud of. We got rid of an evil tyrant. Hopefully we can get back on the right track. BTW Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican.

Poor Fella

Frankly, I thought it would be worse than this.

If that's what passes for corruption in Inglewood, I am moving there immediately. No joke.


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