Verdict reached in Calif. city corruption trial

By By LINDA DEUTSCH

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors in the corruption trial of a former city official in the Los Angeles suburb of Bell say they have reached a verdict.

Attorneys are returning to a Los Angeles courtroom where the verdict is expected to be read late Monday afternoon.

Bell's former assistant city manager, Angela Spaccia, is charged with misappropriation of public funds and conflict of interest, among other counts.

Prosecutors say she broke the law by giving herself large raises. Her attorneys say her annual compensation package worth $564,000 was staggering, but not criminal.

Spaccia's boss, former City Manager Robert Rizzo, recently pleaded no contest to 69 corruption counts.

Five members of the City Council have been convicted in a separate corruption case and another trial is pending on charges a jury could not resolve.

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