Calif. City Officials Spurned Common Decency, DA Says

Law360, Los Angeles (February 20, 2013, 6:37 PM EST) -- Six former Bell, Calif., city councilmembers on trial for corruption disregarded “the unwritten laws of common decency" when they stole $1.3 million in taxpayer money by paying themselves "outrageous" salaries to sit on “sham” city commissions, a prosecutor told a jury during closing arguments Wednesday.

Deputy District Attorney Ed Miller said the councilmembers knew or should have known their salaries of up to $100,000 per year for their part-time positions were not authorized under the city of Bell's charter, which limited them to $673 per month....
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