Cynthia E. Griffin- | 7/2/2009, 5 p.m.
Urging people to let the legal process run its course, Assemblyman Curren D. Price Jr. offered support and encouragement to embattled Inglewood Mayor Roosevelt Dorn.
Price issued this statement Wednesday. "I am saddened to learn of the allegations made against Mayor Roosevelt Dorn. My thoughts and prayers are with the Mayor and his family during this difficult time.
"During his several decades of public service, Mayor Dorn has made significant contributions to the improvement of our community. In fairness to Mayor Dorn, I believe it is important to allow the legal process to run its course and not rush to judgment. In our democracy, an individual is innocent until proven otherwise."
Dorn, 72, who was elected mayor of the city in April 1977, was charged last week by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office public corruption prosecutors with conflict of interest and misappropriation of public funds in connection with a low-interest loan he obtained through the city in 2004.
He is expected to appear for an arraignment this morning in the downtown Los Angeles courthouse in Division 30.
The mayor is charged with one felony count each of conflict of interest; unauthorized loan, use for private profit; and misappropriation of public funds without authority of law. According to the D.A.'s office, he was also charged with one misdemeanor count of conflict of interest.
The crimes allegedly took place in November, and stem from a request to have a low-interest housing loan program for executive non-elected municipal employees extended to include elected officials. The city council, including Dorn, adopted the change in June 2004.
Dorn is charged with using some of the proceeds from a $500,000 loan to pay off his Inglewood residence and then putting the rest of the money in his bank account.
According to the D.A.'s office, the loan proceeds were supposed to be used to purchase a home in Inglewood.
If convicted as charged, Dorn could served up to four years and eight months in state prison.