USA v. Huizar

  1. July 21, 2023

    LA Developer Gets 6 Years For Bribing Huizar In 'Pay To Play'

    A real estate developer convicted of giving $500,000 in bribes to then-City Councilmember Jose Huizar in exchange for getting a nonprofit's challenge to a project dropped was sentenced on Friday to six years in prison by a California federal judge, who noted the defendant "readily accepted and exploited" Huizar's corrupt offer.  

  2. April 13, 2023

    Mistrial Declared In Ex-LA Official's Bribery Case

    A California federal judge finally declared a mistrial Thursday in the case of a former Los Angeles deputy mayor accused of bribery and racketeering conspiracy, in a trial which has been on hiatus since March after his defense attorney fell ill, and ordered the defendant to retain new counsel by April 24. 

  3. March 22, 2023

    Ex-LA Official Can't Get Mistrial Yet Over Atty's Sudden Illness

    Former Los Angeles deputy mayor Raymond Chan's bribery trial, which has been postponed since his attorney fell ill on March 2, remained in limbo Wednesday when a California federal judge stopped short of Chan's request for a mistrial, instead ordering medical updates and setting a hearing for next month.

  4. March 16, 2023

    Atty's Illness Prompts Queries From Judge In LA Bribery Trial

    A California federal judge said on Thursday that before he could declare a mistrial in ex-Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Raymond Chan's bribery trial, he needs additional details on the health status of Chan's defense attorney, whose sudden illness and hospitalization have postponed proceedings for the last two weeks. 

  5. March 14, 2023

    Chinese Fugitive's Co. Seeks Acquittal In LA Bribery Case

    A real estate company convicted of bribing a former Los Angeles City Council member has asked a California federal judge for an acquittal or new trial, arguing the prosecution's strategy was to "front-load the jury" with evidence about the councilor's independent criminal acts and pay-to-play scheme. 

  6. March 01, 2023

    Feds Focus On Motive In Ex-LA Official's Bribery Trial

    A former Los Angeles city government employee testified on Wednesday in the bribery trial of former Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Raymond Chan that Chan opposed a departmental consolidation that would have eliminated his position — an effort in which prosecutors allege he corruptly enlisted the aid of convicted City Councilman Jose Huizar.

  7. February 28, 2023

    Ex-LA Official Solicited Bribes For Huizar, Lobbyist Testifies

    A convicted lobbyist-turned-cooperating-witness testified Tuesday in former Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Raymond Chan's federal bribery and racketeering conspiracy trial that Chan did convicted ex-Councilman Jose Huizar's bidding by soliciting political contributions for Huizar's wife in her campaign to succeed her husband from real estate developers with projects pending downtown.

  8. February 24, 2023

    Ex-LA Official Connected 'Big Whales' To Huizar, Jury Told

    A onetime aide to convicted Los Angeles councilman José Huizar testified Friday in former deputy mayor Raymond Chan's federal bribery trial, giving jurors an insider's look at how Chan connected so-called "big whales" — wealthy Chinese developers — with his boss Huizar, "the king of downtown."

  9. February 23, 2023

    FBI Agent Tells Jury How Ex-LA Official Coordinated Bribes

    An FBI agent continued testimony Thursday in former Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Raymond Chan's federal bribery trial, detailing how Chan introduced convicted Councilman Jose Huizar to a series of real estate developers who were seeking city approvals, coordinating their meetings and monitoring the developers' contributions to Huizar's reelection bid. 

  10. February 22, 2023

    Ex-LA Official Scratched Backs With Huizar, FBI Agent Says

    An FBI agent told California federal jurors in former Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Raymond Chan's bribery trial Wednesday that after convicted Councilman Jose Huizar helped save Chan's job, Chan repaid him by facilitating a corrupt exchange of money and benefits for political favors between Huizar and a Chinese developer.