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Five of 6 ex-Bell council members found guilty in corruption trial
Five of 6 ex-Bell council members found guilty in corruption trial

A Los Angeles jury convicted five of six former council members of stealing from the working-class city of Bell in a corruption scandal that became a national synonym for outrageous municipal salaries and rogue governance. The verdict Wednesday came on the 18th day of deliberations — nearly as long as the trial itself — and left the jury still deadlocked on nearly half the counts. The judge ordered the jury to return to court Thursday, though it remains unclear if the panel will continue to deliberate on the undecided charges. The day ended on a chaotic note, further evidence that the jury was deeply divided. Hours after the verdicts were read, one juror told Los Angeles...

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