Calif. City Off The Hook For Ex-Manager's Corruption Defense

Law360, Chicago (October 4, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT) -- The city of Bell, Calif., doesn’t have to pay for the defense of a former city manager facing dozens of corruption charges alleging that he and other city officials plundered city coffers to pay themselves exorbitant salaries, a California appeals court said Friday.

Robert Rizzo claimed the city was contractually obligated to cover his defense, but the appellate court ruled against him, finding instead that the contract only applied to third parties. Because the city itself is battling Rizzo, it is not required by the contract...
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