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Judge to rule Thursday morning whether Rizzo should stand trial on charges in Bell scandal

March 10, 2011 |  8:43 am

A Los Angeles County judge will rule Thursday morning whether Bell's former City Administrator Robert Rizzo and other ex-Bell officials should stand trial on charges that they made illegal city loans and wrote employment contracts without Bell City Council approval.

It is the second of three preliminary hearings to take place for Rizzo and seven other current and former Bell officials who were arrested in September as part of a corruption and salary scandal that has rocked the working-class city.

Rizzo and his assistant Angela Spaccia are accused of writing their own employment contracts, making them among the most highly paid city administrators in the country. Rizzo is also charged with falsifying public records to keep his and the council's salaries secret and with giving out nearly $1.9 million in unauthorized city loans.

Former Councilman Luis Artiga, who resigned after his arrest, and Mayor Oscar Hernandez, who was recalled by voters on Tuesday, are also defendants in the second hearing. They are charged because they received loans.

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-- Kimi Yoshino

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