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Judge Delays Ruling in Political Corruption Case

June 12, 2001|From Times Staff Reports

A judge expected to rule on a key issue in the political corruption probe of Bell Gardens City Manager Maria Chacon will not make a final decision until at least June 26.

Superior Court Judge David Yaffe last week issued a tentative ruling in the case, saying Chacon may be exempt from laws governing conflict-of-interest violations. The judge suggested he might issue a final ruling Monday, but delayed his decision after a prosecutor argued that Chacon, a former City Council member, unlawfully influenced fellow members to appoint her city manager.

Yaffe's ruling could seriously affect the case if prosecutors decide to file criminal charges against Chacon.

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