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Former Compton mayor faces new conflict of interest charge

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Former Compton Mayor Omar Bradley pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a new conflict of interest charge stemming from old allegations that he used city money for personal travel and rounds of golf.

Bradley was mayor from 1993 to 2001. He was convicted of misappropriation of public funds in 2004. But years after Bradley had served his sentence in a halfway house, the standards changed for convicting officials on those types of crimes.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a different case that accused officials had to know they were breaking the law. Bradley argued that the Compton City Manager had approved his spending. Last year, a  three-judge panel of the state appeals court threw out Bradley's conviction.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney has re-charged Bradley with the same counts and added a new one that does not require proof the official knew he was breaking a law. Bradley pleaded not guilty to that new conflict of interest charge.

Because Bradley already served his time on the old conviction, the new case cannot result in further incarceration, said Max Huntsman, a supervisor in the district attorney's public corruption division. However,  a conviction could bar Bradley from serving in public office.

Earlier this year, Bradley made an unsuccessful attempt to regain the mayor's office in Compton. He lost to Aja Brown.




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