San Fernando Valley
A federal judge has sentenced former Los Angeles City Council member Mitch Englander to 14 months in prison after Englander admitted to obstruction of justice as FBI agents investigated corruption and bribery within City Hall. Englander, who represented District 12 in the West Valley, will also have to pay a $15,100 fine and will be on probation for three years once he finishes his time in jail. U.S. District Court Judge John Water said last week the sentence will “send a strong message of general deterrence to our elected officials that no person – no matter how powerful, no matter his or her wealth, no matter his or her title – is above the law.” Last March, Englander surrendered to FBI agents and was charged with seven criminal counts of obstructing an investigation into allegations that he accepted a variety of bribes for his commitment to real estate projects during his tenure on the Los Angeles Planning and Land Use Management Committee. ...

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