Former Mayor and Ex-Judge Pleads Guilty to Conflict of Interest and Misuse of Funds Charges, Receives Generous Plea Deal

By: Wallin & Klarich

It was recently reported that Roosevelt Dorn, a longtime fixture in the Los Angeles legal community and Mayor of Inglewood, plead guilty to a conflict of interest charge in connection with an Inglewood loan program. Just hours after entering his plea, he resigned from his mayoral position.

Dorn was charged with misusing a housing loan program designed to help municipal employees afford housing in the area. He allegedly helped create the program, approved it, and had a financial stake in it. Police claim that Dorn took $500,000 from the program and spent half of it paying the mortgage on his house and deposited the rest in his bank account. Reports claim he paid the sum back to the city after it became politically controversial.

Dorn has been an attorney in Inglewood since the 1970’s. In the 1980’s, he was the head criminal prosecutor in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. He spent the last 18 years as a judge with the Los Angeles County Superior Court presiding over juvenile cases.

Dorn was facing trial on felony charges that carried a prison term. Under a plea deal, prosecutors dropped two of the charges, and Dorn pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor count. Dorn will pay a $1,000 fine, serve two years of probation, and is forbidden from holding public office in California for the rest of his life. He will serve no jail time.

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