The L.A. Times has a report about Hector Marroquin, titled Arrested L.A. activist had aroused suspicions. The deck headline reads:
NO GUNS founder faces firearms charges. Some disbelieved his claim of leaving gang life behind.
The editors should have added:
But not us! We got suckered by this guy like nobody’s business!
Yes, Hector Marroquin is the fellow about whom the L.A. Times ran a July 2005 puff piece naively portraying Marroquin as a good guy who had turned his life around. That article was titled Father, Son Turn Lives Around in Family Business. That article claimed that Marroquin “turned his life around long ago by becoming a roofer, building his own company and becoming a man of peace.” As I noted in this post from January, there were police officers a-plenty available to dispute that characterization, but none of them were quoted. They only got quoted in the L.A. Weekly.
Now, in yesterday’s article, we finally learn the details that, until now, only the L.A. Weekly had reported — like Marroquin’s alleged relationship with the Mexican Mafia. It only took the L.A. Times, what? about six months to catch up to the facts reported by the L.A. Weekly.
Better late than never, I guess.
(Thanks to nk.)