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Bell corruption hearing: Follow it live

February 7, 2011 |  3:25 pm

The first of three separate corruption hearings for eight current and former Bell officials is getting underway Monday afternoon in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

The first hearing involves six current and former City Council members who are charged with being paid to sit on four city commissions that seldom or never met, or met for only a few minutes.

Prosecutors intend to provide evidence that they had collected more than $1.2 million in total pay since 2006 for presiding over these meetings, which by last year had boosted council salaries to nearly $100,000.

Times staff writer Corina Knoll will be live-tweeting from the preliminary hearing. Read her observations below or follow her on Twitter @corinaknoll.

Photo: Robert Rizzo faces a judge in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday. Credit: Mark Boster / AP Photos