Prosecutors in Bell corruption trial may retry ex-city officials convicted of corruption

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Former Bell city council member Luis Artiga cries as the verdict is read in the Bell city government corruption trial in March 2013. Artiga was found not guilty on all counts. Prosecutors are expected to announce Tuesday if they intend to retry five former Bell officials who were convicted of public corruption.

Los Angles prosecutors may retry five former City of Bell council members who were convicted of public corruption on charges. The L.A. County District Attorney was expected to announce a decision at a court hearing today but it was postponed until May 29.
 
In March,  jurors found former Bell Mayor Oscar Hernandez and four other ex-officials guilty of stealing public money. 
 
The panel acquitted the defendants on some corruption charges, but couldn't decide others. The judge declared a mistrial on the remaining counts. Prosecutors said then that they would look into retrying the case.

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The charge of misappropriation of public funds carries a maximum prison sentence of four years, although the defendants could be sentenced to probation instead.  
 
Former Bell city manager Robert Rizzo and his assistant face their public corruption trial in September.

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