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Ex-Bell City Administrator Robert Rizzo released from hospital

February 25, 2011 | 10:24 am

Ex-Bell city administrator Robert Rizzo was released from Good Samaritan Hospital late Thursday night and plans to return to court Monday morning as scheduled, his attorney said.

Rizzo was rushed to the hospital from the courthouse on Wednesday after experiencing light-headedness and chest pains.

His attorney James Spertus declined to disclose further details about Rizzo's medical condition but said his client would be well enough to appear in court.

"He's looking forward to continuing with the preliminary hearing," Spertus said.

Rizzo and several other current and former Bell officials are in the midst of the second of three preliminary hearings scheduled to determine whether there is enough evidence for them to stand trial on charges of public corruption and misuse of public funds.

Rizzo, whose nearly $800,000 salary sparked widespread outrage, has been the face of the salary and corruption scandal.

-- Ruben Vives


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Photo: Former Bell City Administrator Robert Rizzo during his preliminary hearing on Feb. 23. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times