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Verdicts reached in California city corruption case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Verdicts have been reached in the trial of six former elected officials of the tiny Los Angeles County city of Bell.

A Superior Court spokeswoman says the verdicts will be read late Wednesday morning.

The former mayor and five other ex-officials are accused of misappropriation of public funds by giving themselves enormous salaries.

Prosecutors brought an extensive case involving about 100 counts.

The current jury has been deliberating since Feb. 28, when one member of the original panel was replaced and the judge told the reconstituted group to start talks anew. The original panel was in its fifth day of talks when the juror was replaced for violating rules.

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