Towering figure in LA politics, Mark Ridley-Thomas, faces indictment

Mark Ridley-Thomas receives an honorary degree during the commencement ceremony at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 12, 2017. Photo by REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon.

LA City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas faces 20 federal charges of conspiracy, bribery, mail, and wire fraud — all connected to an alleged scheme with Marilyn Louise Flynn, the former dean of USC’s School of Social Work. This is the latest in a history of scandals for the Trojans.

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