Wesson temporarily barred from performing council duties

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that LA City Councilman Herb Wesson is unable to perform his duties, at least temporarily.

The move brings a victory to a civil rights group and allies of councilor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who was suspended after being indicted by federal prosecutors last fall.

Wesson, who has already served three terms on the council, was appointed by the council as a temporary replacement earlier this year.

Representatives from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California and several other plaintiffs objected to the appointment and sued. They demanded that Wesson be removed from his post pending the judge’s verdict.

Superior Court Judge Mary H. Strobel did not remove Wesson, instead saying that the longtime Los Angeles politician was “barred from performing all of the functions of a council member.”

Strobel said the plaintiffs, who include a group of voters in the Ridley-Thomas County, had a reasonable chance of succeeding in their argument that Wesson was barred by law from temporarily returning to the council because he had already served the maximum Number of terms served under the city’s Term Limits Act.

The city and plaintiffs will appear before Strobel again next month. It was not immediately clear what duties Wesson would be allowed to take on while continuing to represent the 10th Council District.

The public prosecutor’s office declined to comment. A Wesson representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The council voted to suspend Ridley-Thomas in October, a week after he was charged with bribery and other charges in a case involving district contracts.

This is an evolving story and will be updated.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-07-19/judge-temporarily-bars-herb-wesson-from-performing-city-council-duties Wesson temporarily barred from performing council duties

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