The Pacheco and Villaraigosa Trials

L.A. bribery trial spotlights City Hall corruption in run-up to election Share this: The case of L.A. County Executive Ed Pacheco (D) and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) is getting ready for its…

The Pacheco and Villaraigosa Trials

L.A. bribery trial spotlights City Hall corruption in run-up to election

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The case of L.A. County Executive Ed Pacheco (D) and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) is getting ready for its first trial.

But unlike their predecessors, who were indicted on corruption charges in 2008 and 2009, Pacheco and Villaraigosa are the subjects of an ambitious corruption crackdown that is moving ahead even more quickly now that Los Angeles is on the cusp of an election.

Here’s a look at how the Pacheco and Villaraigosa trial will be different:

THE CASE: Pacheco is a major player in the alleged bribery scheme. Villaraigosa, meanwhile, has been accused of being part of the ring. Both men have denied any wrongdoing.

THE PROSECUTION: The Pacheco trial is expected to open next week, with jury selection beginning Friday. Villaraigosa’s trial begins March 20, although the judge will not give any indication of a jury selection date until after the Pacheco trial is over.

THE CHARGES: They are both charged with a single count of accepting a bribe, under a federal law on bribery.

The charge carries fines of up to 10 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine—both for Pacheco and $5,000 for Villaraigosa.

THE CHARGE: Former L.A. County Supervisor Ken Cockman is expected to testify at the Pacheco trial that he was bribed to approve the sale of Los Angeles Dodgers baseball club to California-based Major League Baseball.

The jury also will hear testimony that the same group of people—including Pacheco, Villaraigosa, former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) and ex-County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl (D

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