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#1,202 - Former Aid to Los Angeles Council Member Jose Huizar Testifies About $100,000 Bribe

June 30, 2022 Sean Reynolds
News For Reasonable People
#1,202 - Former Aid to Los Angeles Council Member Jose Huizar Testifies About $100,000 Bribe
Show Notes

A high-level aide to former Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar gave jurors a vivid look at the pay-to-play schemes allegedly pursued by his boss, describing paper bags filled with bribe money and demands for concert tickets and other gifts.

George Esparza, appearing Friday in the first of three trials dealing with the Huizar case, told jurors that he took part in two “money drops” in 2017, picking up cash from a developer’s go-between and then delivering the money to the councilman in liquor boxes — all while taking copious notes on his own criminal activities.

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