Judge re­jects at­tor­ney’s pro­posal for Rizzo bail


Los Angeles Times - - Beliefs - — Sam Quinones

A Los An­ge­les Su­pe­rior Court judge on Fri­day de­nied a bail pro­posal by for­mer Bell City Ad­min­is­tra­tor Robert Rizzo, who is be­ing held on $2-mil­lion bond.

Pros­e­cu­tors ar­gued Tues­day that nei­ther Rizzo nor seven other cur­rent or for­mer Bell city lead­ers could use money that al­legedly came from il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity.

On Fri­day, Rizzo’s at­tor­ney, James Sper­tus, pro­posed putting up cash and real es­tate from friends and relatives. Judge Michael Pas­tor de­nied the pro­posal, say­ing it would not en­sure Rizzo’s con­tin­ued ap­pear­ance in court.

Rizzo has been in cus­tody since his ar­rest Tues­day morn­ing at his home in Hunt­ing­ton Beach. Seven other for­mer or cur­rent city of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing As­sis­tant City Ad­min­is­tra­tor An­gela Spac­cia and Mayor Os­car Her­nan­dez, were also ar­rested in a cor­rup­tion case.

Spac­cia was re­leased Fri­day night af­ter post­ing $350,000 bond; coun­cil mem­bers Luis Ar­tiga and Teresa Ja­cobo and for­mer Coun­cil­man Ge­orge Cole posted bail pre­vi­ously.

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