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Richard Alarcon

Former councilman Richard Alarcon is accused of violating the public trust. He deserves to be tried again

Former councilman Richard Alarcon is accused of violating the public trust. He deserves to be tried again

For former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, the reversals of fortune just keep on coming.

He served as a councilman, state senator and assemblyman before being convicted in 2014 of lying to voters about where he lived when he ran for his council seat. He spent 51 days under house arrest and was barred from ever holding public office again. But then, in January, the state's 2nd District Court of Appeal threw out the convictions, saying the trial judge had given an improper instruction to the jury. Two months later, Alarcon announced he would run for Congress, challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas. Then, last week, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey...

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