The former mayor of Bell, California, was too stupid and uneducated to know his $100,000 salary for the part-time city job was illegal, his lawyer argued today.

Oscar Hernandez is illiterate, has no high school degree and didn’t even finish elementary school, defense attorney Stanley Friedmand told jurors.

Hernandez and five former members of the Bell City Council are on trial, accused of stealing $1.3million in exorbitant pay from the working-class city of 35,000.

All six elected officials drew salaries of up to $100,000 for serving on boards that seldom met and accomplished little.

Defense lawyers painted the officials as ignorant pawns of city manager Robert Rizzo and city attorney Edward Lee, who both advised them that massive pay raises were legal.

The attorneys for the former officials also blamed the city’s financial advisory firm, which never advised the town to pare back the salaries, they say.

Deputy District Attorney Edward Miller, though, said the officials all had important jobs in the community before their election. They weren’t daft or pawns – just greedy, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Hernandez owned a grocery store. Former council member Teresa Jacobo was a real estate agent and former councilman George Mirabal had worked as a city clerk.

‘They just weren’t “yes men,” except when it came to pay raises for themselves,’ Mr Miller told jurors.

The officials are accused of appointing each other to boards, some of which met only once a year, in order to skirt public pay laws.

In the midst of the recession, the officials were earning $100,000 from the city – three and a half times the median income of the citizens they were elected to represent.

The average salary for part-time elected officials at other California cities of similar size was $4,800.

Oscar Hernandez

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  • Howard W. Campbell

    “Oscar Hernandez is illiterate, has no high school degree and didn’t even finish elementary school, defense attorney Stanley Friedmand told jurors.”

    All the more reason that he should be the mayor of a city full of wise latinos and latinas. Just waiting for the day when the money finally runs out.

    • Felix_M

      He can’t read, and he didn’t even graduate from high school. But I bet no one can pick lettuce faster or get a toilet cleaner.

      • Richard from Vancouver

        Well he may be illiterate, but he can certainly count up to 100,000.

  • Bill

    If Bell City was that stupid as to elect this bozo and his minions, then they deserve to get fleeced. But, uh oh. If this defense works, watch every black thug in America use it as a defense. And sadly, they’d be right up to a point. But as to allowing it as a defense, NO.
    As a reason to deport some (the brown invaders), and send the rest (all blacks whether citizens or not) to Liberia, YES.

    • Bill

      I see my post was cut short by half. The moderators appear to be getting as wimpy and politically correct (almost) as the liberals and media they/we whine about. I’ve seen this happening on other conservative and Christian sites also. What gives? I’m guessing here, but it appears that free speech has been curtailed by the tyrants threatening service carriers of all sorts, so bloggers now have to “be careful”…..but isn’t rebellion against that kind of tyranny and suppression of free speech the very reason WHY folks have turned to internet news and blogs and discussion modes like this? If we allow them to do this to the only media we have left to obtain the truth and talk about it WHERE DO WE GO NEXT? I thank the mods for allowing the first half of my post, but wonder why they felt using the “Stupid” defense argument as also a reason to deport aliens among us back to Mexico and blacks among us to Liberia, was such racist unallowable speech it needed to be cut?

  • MekongDelta69

    The former mayor of Bell, California, was too stupid and uneducated to know his $100,000 salary for the part-time city job was illegal. Oscar Hernandez is illiterate, has no high school degree and didn’t even finish elementary school. (and then blamed it on the white guys mentioned in the article – of course.)

    What’s the problem here? He has ALL the qualifications to be a mayor in ‘post-civilization’ America.

    • StillModerated

      He must have been smarter than the interview committee. He simply showed them a piece of paper with words on, and told them it was a diploma. None had ever seen one before.

  • Oh, I guarantee Hernandez still has 99.9% support from the hispanic community, as long as his position is not filled by a gringo. Oh well, I guess that extra 50 cents a gallon I’m paying will be put to the good use of bailing out Mexifornia, and I don’t even live in that unflushed toilet of a state.
    I guess I’ll just mosey on over to Yahoo! Answers and read about all of these know-it-all white liberals under 25, living in Cali, and bad mouthing what an illiterate bunch of ‘tards live here in Texas. Of course, it’ll be after they accuse me of not knowing what I’m talking about.

  • I hope Rizzo (white) and Lee (asian) do time, not for any criminal act, but for getting into bed with mexicans and blacks. Whites better start learning this lesson!

  • dukem1

    He’s still not as cool s the illiterate school superintendent in Detroit.

    • Felix_M

      I remember that one. If he’d been a white man or an Asian there’s no way in hell he would have even been hired.

      I can see it now if some non-swarthy person who couldn’t read even came in for an interview for that position: “You got a degree in education and you can’t even read? Bwahhhaa-haaaa. Get the hell out of here.”

  • [Guest]

    This sounds like something out of the Third World.

    And it is.

    • eduard

      He is just another Zooma who runs mandelatopia – into the dump of course. There cannot be a bigger, dumber ape than Zooma himself. So, as they say, welcome to Planet of the Apes.

    • Chris

      This is straight out of Mexico.

      • Peoplesjustice

        And a little too close to home…

  • 8uhb

    Ignorance of the law is no excuse for not following the law.
    Stupidity, on the other hand, might be. How the court rules
    could set a very interesting precedent.

    • David Ashton

      In Britain some judicial sentences are like statements of forgiveness – a privilege that belongs only to the victims themselves. And yet juries are too often quite unqualified to give proper verdicts.

    • whiteuncleruckus

      It’s becoming more and more obvious that our laws do not apply to them. White people came up with the concept that ignorance is no excuse. Therefore they can claim ignorance and possibly get away with committing crimes simply because they aren’t White. Some liberal judge will feel sorry for him and at the same time pat himself on the back for not being racist and let him off easy or dismiss the case entirley.

  • Ulick

    The Bell, CA 2010 Census figures show the trick the Feds play with race designations.  Per Wikipedia the 2010 Census reflects…

    “The 2010 United States Census reported that Bell had a population of 35,477. The racial makeup of Bell was 19,098 (53.8%) White, 337 (0.9%) African American, 315 (0.9%) Native American, 259 (0.7%) Asian, 8 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 13,899 (39.2%) from other races, and 1,561 (4.4%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 33,028 persons (93.1%).”

    Most news sources would leave off that Bell is 93% Hispanic and would make Bell appear majority White.  Further, it shows that the Feds are labeling most Hispanics as White thus raising white crime figures.

    • The__Bobster

      Given the the demographics, I’m assuming the money for this graft came from the Califoreigner and American taxpayers.

    • Greg Thomas

      Anyone who has ever had the misfortune of visiting Bell, knows
      there is not chance in hell that Bell has a White European population of 53.8%. It’s 100% meztizo.

    • Pat Kittle

      Crime stats are like that with Jews too, truth be told.

      Whites when perps, non-whites when victims.

      It would be great if AmRen would shine some light into that ongoing perversion.

  • Jss

    I agree his credentials seem to be perfect for any California government worker. And truthfully he most likely is no more a criminal then many other diversity mayors. If Ray Nagin and Marion Barry got to keep their jobs why not this guy?

    If being stupid is now a valid criminal defense then I’m going to start robbing banks tomorrow. Another thing I find confusing is I thought it was not possible for a minority to be stupid. I thought by not being White they were all morally upright and wise by default.

  • Thurlow

    Did you hear about the illiterate mayor of Bell California who went back to Mexico? He increased the IQ in both countries

    • Katherine McChesney


  • NYB

    It’s a new variation on the “no comprendo ingles” defense.

    “Oscar Hernandez is illiterate, has no high school degree and didn’t even finish elementary school”, defense attorney Stanley Friedmand told jurors.

    It is laughable that this man in an expensive suit is being presented as ‘just a simple peasant’.

  • joesolargenius

    Bell California is a Casino town , the casinos are openly cheating people out of their money and can only do so indefinitely if the town council is crooked !

  • APaige

    Or as they say in Detroit…over-qualified.

  • Vlad Dracula

    This is California. The judge just might buy this defense.

  • Felix_M

    When the arseh**es in Washington amnesty those tens of millions of illegals, this is going to become even more widespread. I’m going to miss my country.

  • Shattered

    Too greedy and corrupt inside where it matters is more like it.

  • sarah3723

    Sounds like a manager and an attorney got some kickbacks.

  • And reading tests for voting are a bad thing because of ……

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      They always have a “disparate impact” on “certain disadvantaged groups”…

  • Luca

    The Liberal shyster lawyers for illegals will now be using this defense:

    “Your honor my client Jose Mojado is illiterate, has no high school degree and didn’t even finish elementary school. He’s stupid and uneducated and didn’t know that jumping an international border, dealing drugs, driving without a license or insurance, drunk driving, shoplifting, using a phony social security number, and stealing an auto were illegal.”

    If Johnny Cochran were alive I’m sure he come up with a shorter and snappier version.

    • Unperson

      If Johnny Cochran were alive I’m sure he come up with a shorter and snappier version.

      “If da brotha cain’t read, don’t make him bleed!”

      “If da brotha cain’t write, he must be ah-ight!”

  • bigone4u

    When Hispanics take over an area and elect their own to public office, all kinds of clever, creative shenanigans begin. White middle class folks are too busy working and too honest to understand it all and blacks are too busy hip-hoping, so the corruption goes on for a long time. Old Oscar here could be a poster boy for South Texas Hispanic politicians, which is the area I am familiar with. Even if there’s not outright theft, the level of incompetence is breathtaking.

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    I have a problem with his attorney bringing up he is stupid and uneducated. With your typical mestizo that is par for the course. My problem is he stated the norm. Now if he were intelligent and educated that would be worthy of mention, as that would be an anomaly.

  • ignorance or arrogant?

    And 100% of that came 100k came from property taxation aka taxpayers who own property.

  • Jonny Reb

    They should send him to Detroit as an advisor for the board of education there.

  • Fed Up

    So it is only reasonable to suggest he was also too stupid and too uneducated to serve as mayor!

  • Fed Up

    A friend visited Mexico City recently. When he and his family returned, I asked him how the vacation trip went. His comment: “They need to change the welcome sign at the airport to: WELCOME TO MEXICO, LAND OF THIEVES!” Seems despite his being Mexican, his hotel room was ransacked and he and his family had clothing, personal items and a computer stolen by those fine, industrious Mexican citizens.

    • Felix_M

      Coming to a neighborhood near you. *blech*

  • Token Finn

    I did not think you could get away with calling a non-white “stupid”.

    • whiteuncleruckus

      You can get away with it if you are a liberal and if it’s in the defense of a diversity. You can’t get away with it if you are attacking a diversity nor can you get away with it if you are merely pointing out that they are stupid from a neutral point of view.

  • It’s just a small cartoon of the big picture. Politicians think we are their little worker bees and they are all the priceless prince’s.


    Sounds like he’s been listening to his attorney.

  • IstvanIN

    How can a salary be illegal as long as it wasn’t stolen? If the city council approved the salaries, and they were paid through a budget line, and all appropriate payroll taxes were taken out, how can he be prosecuted? I am missing something here. Granted, the salary was way out of line for a part time job but it doesn’t sound like there was subterfuge.

  • David Ashton

    The 200,000 people called for jury service in Britain each year receive letters in 8 different languages to “encourage non-English speakers”. Hence the recent collapse of the trial of an ex-Minister’s wife, when a jury on which there were only 2 “white British” jurors, proved unable to understand plain English and the basic principles of trial by jury.
    Those whom the Cultural Marxists destroy they first make mad….

  • Greg Thomas

    Bell was simply another outpost of mexico, set up in California under the banner of diversity. The irony is Hernandez was probably considered “educated” amongst the constituents he served. In the end, the only qualification he required was that he be a member of la raza. Mission accomplished.

  • Anonymous

    Why does one have to get this news from the UK-based Daily Mail? What’s wrong with the US press?

    • Pat Kittle

      The US media are controlled by a tribe that wants open borders, that’s why.

      Entirely obvious when we peek behind the curtain.

  • Peoplesjustice

    It seems the Bell curve has sunk to a new low…

    • Pat Kittle

      Maybe the city “fathers” should add “Curve” to “their” city’s name.

  • JohnEngelman

    If literacy tests for voting rights were given so that the tests for whites were as difficult as those given to blacks and Hispanics I would be in favor of them. Also, the tests should be in English.

  • Californian

    This is happening in dozens of cities here in California. Latino voters results in Latino-style politics. In real third world countries, the damage is limited because their entities have junk credit ratings and worthless tax bases. Unfortunately in the US, you combine third world leaders with (for the moment) high credit ratings and lots of bail-out money and highly effective first world tax collection.

    Was talking with a white guy in the gym today. He had to request a refill of the coffee supply, in Spanish, from the worker there. This is one of the most elite sports clubs in California. He said its like we’re the new landowner class in a South American country. I tried to point out to him that it’s different, because in those countries, the natives don’t have a real right to vote and don’t have affirmative action to give them access to power (badges, civil service positions) and therefore have access to our assets and our freedom. He was totally in denial, excitedly telling me that Democrats just lost their supermajority. He didn’t get it. He said that we still have economic power. He didn’t realize that, due to our democratic system, they will be able to take our assets, like what happened to white farmers in Zimbabwe and SA. I have the feeling that many whites are like him – they realize that things are changing but are in deep denial about how bad it’s going to be and how traumatic it will be to fix the situation.

  • banana nation

    This is why whites cannot allow these inferior peasant spics to take over and convert their former nation into a 3rd world corrupted banana republic where ransom payments are required to live.

  • William Allingham

    nowadays if you have lived in a first world country, with a salary higher than 100 dollars (per month) and you are illiterate…. excuse me but thats just plain LAZINESS, that has no excuse (no matter how you want to put it).

    here doesn’t matter what your occupation is, im talking about mental laziness, there are people who prefer to engage in manual working (because they happen to have a facility for that) before trying to use their minds. if thats the case, fine, its your choice but don’t look forward to influence the lives of others in decision making positions.

    God i cant believe it, a grown up man, with a lot of money (and surely free time, because what can an illiterate administrator occupy himself in?) who we can assume has never read a book in his life: its so bizarre. I have seen young people (middle class, not rich) trying to prepare themselves, for many years of though study in order to be able to do their jobs but this guy has the arrogance to aspire to a power position (and getting it) without ever bothering to sit and learn something as basic as reading, and notwithstanding has the shamelessness to use his condition as justification of plain corruption, just makes me angry.