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(Los Angeles Times) – The West Hollywood City Council on Monday voted in closed session to provide defense for Councilmember John Duran -– whose charges on a city-issued credit card have been the focus of a probe by Los Angeles County prosecutors — should charges be filed against him.

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Duran charged dozens of meals to his city credit card over three years, spending more than $7,000 at local restaurants over three years. County prosecutors are trying to determine whether the meals violated state law and whether they were necessary expenses.

“The City Council believes that it is in the public’s interest to provide such a defense based on the district attorney’s announced intention to make this a test case, challenging commonly understood practices pertaining to reimbursement of business expenses,” City Atty. Michael Jenkins said…

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