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Bell won't cover Robert Rizzo's legal bills

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo in court

Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo appears in court. (KABC Photo)

Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo lost a bid to make the city pay his legal costs, at least for now.

Rizzo is facing dozens of counts of fraud and other charges over a Bell executive salary scandal.

A judge ruled Tuesday that the city does not have to cover Rizzo's legal expenses, at least not until a jury decides whether Rizzo's actions were a legitimate part of his job.

Meanwhile the Bell City Council has let Interim City Administrator Pedro Carillo go.

Mayor Ali Saleh takes over day-to-day city operations until a replacement is found.

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