- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Prosecutors and defense lawyers are arguing over the sentence a former D.C. council aide should receive in a taxicab bribery case.

Ted Loza, the former chief of staff to Council member Jim Graham, has admitted accepting improper payments for pushing legislation that would benefit some in the taxicab industry. A sentencing hearing began Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington but testimony was still continuing at the end of the day. It will resume Wednesday.

Prosecutors are playing video recordings showing Loza accepting cash payments from a representative of the taxicab industry who was cooperating with the FBI and was seeking legislation that would benefit him.

Prosecutors have recommended a sentence of 14 months, or the top end of the guideline range. His lawyers are seeking a sentence of probation.

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