Rizzo Returns to Court

The former Bell city administrator was transported on a gurney from the courthouse last week

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Monday, Feb 28, 2011  |  Updated 12:21 PM PDT
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The former Bell city manager is back in court Feb. 28.

The former Bell city manager is back in court Feb. 28.

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Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo is removed on a gurney during his preliminary hearing.
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Bell's former city manager returned to a downtown LA courtroom Monday for his preliminary hearing.

Robert Rizzo was released from Good Samaritan Hospital late Thursday after suffering chest pains earlier this week. When asked how he was feeling, Rizzo did not respond as he entered the courthouse Monday morning.

Rizzo, 57, was taken out of the Criminal Courts Building in downtown Los Angeles on a gurney and loaded into an ambulance Wednesday. He apparently began complaining of chest pains after a hearing in his case broke for lunch.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Rizzo's attorney James Spertus did not disclose  details about Rizzo's condition but told the paper his client would be well enough to appear in court Monday morning.

Rizzo is charged with 44 counts of misappropriation of public funds, six counts of falsification of records by an official custodian, three counts of conflict of interest and one count of public officer crime. He also is charged in a separate case with two counts of misappropriation of public funds.

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