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Judge Says California's Lawsuit Against Bell Officials Could Be Flawed

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Some of the officials, who were arrested in September and plead not guilty to criminal charges in October, made up to $96,000 a year for part-time jobs -- 20 times the national average. Former City Manager Robert Rizzo banked nearly $800,000 a year.

Richard Winton of the Times reports:

Dau said he had no doubt that the lucrative salaries paid to Rizzo and others were outrageous and that he understood that residents were upset. But he said the place to resolve those concerns should be at the "ballot box and criminals courts.

Rizzo's lawyer says he thinks the case will be dismissed.