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Rizzo's proposed bail deal rejected by judge

September 24, 2010 |  1:23 pm

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Friday denied a bail proposal by former Bell City Administrator Robert Rizzo, who is being held on $2-million bond.

Meanwhile, former Assistant City Administrator Angela Spaccia was expected to post bail sometime Friday and be released. She was being held on $350,000 bail.

On Tuesday, prosecutors argued that neither Rizzo nor seven other current or former Bell city leaders could not use money they alleged had been gathered illegally to post bail.

On Friday, Rizzo’s attorney, James Spertus, proposed putting up a combination of cash and real estate from friends and relatives.

However, Judge Michael Pastor denied the proposal, saying it would not ensure Rizzo’s continued appearance in court.

Rizzo has been in custody since his arrest Tuesday morning at his home in Huntington Beach. Seven other former or current city officials, including Spaccia and Mayor Oscar Hernandez, were also arrested in a sweeping public corruption case in which prosecutors contend more than $5 million was illegally taken from the small, working-class city southeast of Los Angeles.

Council members Luis Artiga and Teresa Jacobo and former Councilman George Cole have already posted bail.

-- Sam Quinones

Photos: A centerpiece of a gathering outside Bell City Hall celebrating the arrests is a poster featuring former City Manager Robert Rizzo being taken into custody earlier in the day. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times


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