Midway through their fifth day of deliberation, the jury in the federal bribery and corruption trial of Mark Ridley-Thomas came in with a verdict, in which they found former member of the LA County Board of Supervisors, two time member of the Los Angeles City Council, and former member of the state assembly, and also the state senate guilty of seven of the 19 counts of which he was charged.
When it came parsing out what exactly Ridley-Thomas had done that was criminal in the perception of the jury members, things got a little less clear.
The conviction means that Ridley-Thomas could face the possibility of years in federal prison and the permanent loss of his seat on the L.A. City Council, from which he has been suspended.
There’s lots more to both the case and the verdict, so watch for a full story soon.
In other words…watch this space.