LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former official in the Los Angeles suburb of Bell has been convicted of corruption in a case that drove the city to the brink of bankruptcy. Jurors yesterday found former assistant city manager Angela Spaccia guilty of 11 charges, including conspiracy and misappropriating public funds. She was found not guilty of hiding a public document involving the police chief's contract. The judge declared a mistrial on another count after jurors deadlocked.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California court has scheduled arguments next month for Michael Jackson's doctor to appeal his involuntary manslaughter conviction. The 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles set arguments in the case for Jan. 9. Former cardiologist Conrad Murray is appealing his 2011 conviction on various grounds. He says a judge excluded jurors from hearing key evidence and should have sequestered jurors on the high-profile case.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A former FBI agent has testified that two California police officers on trial in a homeless man's death used excessive force. The Los Angeles Times reports use-of-force expert John Wilson testified yesterday for prosecutors, who have charged the Fullerton officers in the death of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca says he's troubled by the charges against 18 current and former deputies who have been arrested as part of an FBI investigation into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption in the nation's largest jail system. Baca said at a news conference yesterday that the department will continue to cooperate with the FBI and that the arrested deputies who are still employed by the department will be relieved of duty and their pay suspended.
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