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Should officials accused of corruption have legal bills covered by Bell?

January 11, 2011 |  7:49 am

As Bell teeters on the brink of bankruptcy, three current and former officials accused of public corruption are asking the city to cover their legal costs.

Attorneys for Mayor Oscar Hernandez, Councilwoman Teresa Jacobo and former Councilman George Cole in court filings argue that the city should cover their legal expenses in a suit filed last year by the California attorney general's office.

Jacobo and Cole also want the city to pay their legal bills in a criminal prosecution by the L.A. County district attorney.

In the video above, Times assistant city editor Kimi Yoshino discusses the question. What do you think? Share your views below.