Former Calif. Scandal City Manager Won't Contest 69 Criminal Counts


It's good to be king? Not always. According to allegation, Robert Rizzo, the former city administrator of Bell, Calif., could have been the king of swindling public sector employees not so long ago. Now? Rizzo just pleaded no contest to 69 counts in his corruption trial, according to a Los Angeles County District Attorney's office press release. And he's likely to get the "the longest prison term for public corruption" -- the judge says 10 to 12 years -- in the area since 2000.

Rizzo's plea was a surprise to everyone, including the DA, and came less than a week before a jury was to be chosen. The DA's office calls the move "an open plea" to the presiding judge and was not a negotiated settlement.