Prosecutor doggedly pursues Omar Bradley money misuse case
Prosecutor told jurors some of Bradley’s expenditures on a city credit card were “purely personal”
Omar Bradley was mayor of Compton from 1993 to 2001. Photo: ABC 7
L.A. Superior Court jury the second to hear case against Omar Bradley, who served as Compton mayor from 1993 to 2001
LOS ANGELES — Former Compton Mayor Omar Bradley remains under a cloud of prosecutorial scrutiny on charges that he misappropriated public funds for personal expenses between 1999 and 2001.
A prosecutor told jurors Monday that the evidence would show that some of the former mayor’s expenditures in the use of a city credit card were “purely personal” and for “no public benefit.”
Deputy District Attorney Ana Lopez said the evidence would show that “Bradley violated the law and committed the crimes for which he is charged.
“The word here is accountability,” Lopez told jurors, noting that Bradley clearly understood the rules, but accountability for spending became “very relaxed” after the city council approved a resolution authorizing the issuance of city credit cards to council members without any public comment on the issue.
Bradley’s attorney countered that the expenditures were made in good faith and that the charges against his client are false.
The Los Angeles Superior Court jury is the second to hear the case against Bradley, who served as mayor from 1993 until 2001.
Bradley unsuccessfully ran for his old post twice since a state appellate court panel overturned his February 2004 conviction on one felony count each of misappropriation of public funds and misuse of public funds.
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