Officials charged with corruption in Bell, California want taxpayers to cover their defense costs

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Three elected officials in the scandal-ridden city of Bell, California have petitioned the court for the cash-strapped city to cover their legal expenses, according to the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday.

Mayor Oscar Hernandez, Councilwoman Teresa Jacobo and Councilman George Cole are asking that the city, which they and others are accused of looting, cover their defense costs for a lawsuit filed by the California attorney general’s office.

Jacobo and Cole are also seeking to have the city pay for their defense costs on separate criminal charges.

Lawyers representing the city officials said their clients did nothing wrong and therefore, the city should pay their defense costs.  After years of corruption in city hall in the blue-collar suburb of Los Angeles, the city is on the verge of bankruptcy.

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