Defendant George Cole, right, listens to opening statements in a massive city corruption trial in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. The former mayor and vice may

 

              Defendant George Cole, right, listens to opening statements in a massive city corruption trial in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. The former mayor and vice may
Defendant George Cole, right, listens to opening statements in a massive city corruption trial in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. The former mayor and vice mayor and four former city council members of the Los Angeles suburb of Bell, Calif., are charged with misappropriation of public funds in a plot to line their own pockets at the expense of citizens. Those on trial are former Mayor Oscar Hernandez, former vice mayor Teresa Jacobo, left front, and former council members, George Mirabal, left rear, Cole, Victor Bello and Luis Artiga. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Irfan Khan, Pool)