A judge says he'll rule Thursday on whether the former city manager of the scandal-ridden Los Angeles suburb of Bell must stand trial on dozens of counts of looting the modest city's treasury.
Superior Court Judge Henry J. Hall announced his plans Wednesday after hearing hours of arguments from lawyers in the case.
Rizzo is charged with more than 50 counts of misappropriation of public funds and other crimes.
Prosecutors say he masterminded a scam that paid him and others huge, unauthorized salaries that Rizzo hid from the public.
Defense attorneys say that although Rizzo and the others did receive huge salaries that was not illegal.
Also charged in the case are former Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia, former Mayor Oscar Hernandez and former Councilman Luis Artiga.