Judge rules 6 Bell city officials will stand trial

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File photo: Former and current Bell city employees attend a bail reduction hearing in Superior Court September 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Pictured are (L-R) former city Manager Robert Rizzo, former assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia, former city Councilman Victor Bello and Mayor Oscar Hernandez.

A judge has ruled that six current or former Bell City Council members will stand trial on felony charges because they allegedly drew huge salaries for serving on governing boards.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Henry Hall said it wasn't a difficult decision. The judge also issued this order to Bell Mayor Oscar Hernandez and the other five council members:

"These defendants are to stay at least 100 yards away from Bell City Hall. They are not to participate in any community or governmental functions related to the city of Bell and they are not to accept compensation from the city of Bell any way, shape or form in any amount whatsoever."

The judge scheduled an arraignment hearing in two weeks. The second round of preliminary hearings for former top city manager Robert Rizzo and his assistant Angela Spaccia is scheduled for early next week.

The eight Bell officials are charged with looting millions of dollars in public funds.

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