Calif. City Can't Escape Defense Costs For Ex-Official

Law360, Los Angeles (January 16, 2013, 5:55 PM EST) -- A California judge on Wednesday denied the city of Bell's bid to escape footing the criminal defense bill for a former city official accused of misappropriating public funds, finding that a clause in her employment contract protecting her from legal costs survived her termination.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gregory W. Alarcon disagreed with the city that Pier'Angela Spaccia's contract was void and unenforceable because it did not include a survival provision. Spaccia and her former boss, city administrator Robert Rizzo, have both been charged with...
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