By Brian Hews
(VIDEO HIGHLIGHT CLIP COURTESY OF KCET)
Los Cerritos Community Newspaper on October 16 published an exclusive report that outlined the specific contractual relationship between the City of Huntington Park and Leal. In the contract published by LCCN, it was revealed that taxpayers in the cash starved city could be on the financial hook to legally defend jailed Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez in any “future possible criminal charges he may face in the future, including the ongoing massive political corruption probe at the LA County Assessor’s office.”
Noguez is a former City Councilman and Mayor in Huntington Park, and is one of the biggest political allies of Leal and his law firm. Noguez has since been arrested and jailed on dozens of felony charges that include forgery, money laundering, and bribery.
Noguez is still in solitary confinement in a Downtown Los Angeles jail as of late Thursday night, and could remain there for several more days or weeks due to the fact that all of his personal assets have been frozen by law enforcement authorities. He continues to have difficulties to raise the funds to post the $1.16 million bail.
Leal inserted the provision that could have help pay for Noguez legal fees just days before Huntington Park council officials approved the agreement. LCCN published a copy of Leal’s contract by city officials in Huntington Park after a request was made under the “Freedom of Information Act.”
On Thursday, KCET aired its investigative segment that also focused on the relationship between Leal and his law firm as well as how Leal simultaneously represented a local water board agency as well as another another obscure public agency connected with the City of Huntington Park all at the same time.
Leal denied any “wrong doing” in the interview by KCET that featured Investigative Reporter Vince Gonzales. Highlights of the segment from KCET can he seen above.
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