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Patterico’s Next Target at the LADogTrainer: Staff Writer David Wharton

Filed under: General — WLS @ 3:11 am


In case there is any uncertainty, this is posted by WLS — 

Mr. Wharton’s offense — mis-spelling the proprietor’s name in today’s latimes:

On the day before the USC football team reports for training camp, a Compton jury heard final arguments in the criminal case against linebacker recruit Maurice Simmons.

The Compton Dominguez High graduate’s college career has been placed on hold while he stands accused of felony robbery, assault with a firearm and a misdemeanor charge of allowing someone to bring a gun into his car.

Carney said that when Hall returned to the car, he did not appear to be carrying stolen property. The pair was arrested shortly thereafter.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Patrick Frye has previously said through a spokeswoman that Simmons is not alleged to have handled the gun at any time.”

Does the LAT really expect us to believe that they don’t know how to spell the name of the guy who has been burning down LAT articles and authors for a couple decades on this blog???????

This is an obvious effort to denigrate Patterico — and it probably came on direct orders from the publisher, whoever that happens to be this month.

From now on, we’re not holding anything back.

34 Responses to “Patterico’s Next Target at the LADogTrainer: Staff Writer David Wharton”

  1. The link didn’t work, so here it is.

    Expect to “See” a “THINK” PIECE from “Lee Abrams” about the “EELETERACY” at the Los Angeles “Times.”

    Bradley J Fikes (0ea407)

  2. I am so happy that I’m moving my USC Grad daughter out of Los Angeles back to Iowa.

    Anyone need a desk or a bed?

    PCD (5c49b0)

  3. I think the guy just didn’t know how to spell my name.

    That’s fine with me. I don’t care. I just find it kind of funny.

    Patterico (0e9dc6)

  4. Because I like you, PCD, I shall not say “No, but I could use a date with yer daughter…”

    And seriously, how hard is it to double-check the name of the guy in the lead chair?

    Scott Jacobs (425810)

  5. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with LA

    Tlove (953364)

  6. TLove,

    You have got to be kidding. Mayor Aztlan is turning the place into little lawless Mexico.

    Next, is the local economy. The taxes are too high, and except for the stars, Hollywood doesn’t pay the people who actually put out a picture much more than minimum, and only when they HAVE to.

    Lastly, the general culture of laws don’t matter for (Name your Democraticly pandered to group).

    PCD (5c49b0)

  7. Scott, I don’t book dates for my daughters, but I do make a point of cleaning my guns while interviewing the potential suitors.

    PCD (5c49b0)

  8. But back to the point of this post. It is the LA Times that screeches about how inaccurate bloggers are. The hypocrites are the inaccurate ones who should have to find new jobs.

    PCD (5c49b0)

  9. Subtle… I like…

    Me? I’d just stick a loaded shotgun in their face and inform them I had no problem going back to prison…

    But that’s just me. 🙂

    Scott Jacobs (425810)

  10. My brother and I learned this little trick when we were teenagers. We were cleaning our shotguns in the living room while mom was trying to get rid of a salesman. He made the mistake of walking through when I was reassembling my FIE single shot, exposed hammer, 20ga with a 18.1″ barrel.

    PCD (5c49b0)

  11. The whole story seems to poke holes in the prosecutor’s case.

    Also, the idea that this unfortunate man’s dreams are on hold speaks volumes about the bias in this story.

    Pat, payback is a bitch.

    Alta Bob (a6d8ba)

  12. I’d be like the brothers from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” if my daughters were still young enough to need protecting from potential suitors.

    The granddaughters, on the other hand…

    Drumwaster (5ccf59)

  13. The last editor at the LA Times who knew how to spell has already taken the buyout.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  14. Back in the olden days (1960-1963) I was a journalism major at The Ohio State University and at that time, the local Columbus, Ohio newspaper was frequently referred to by various professors as “The Columbus Disgust” – with good reason. It hasn’t improved much over the years, but it is 1,000 times classier than the LAT!

    For all its manifest flaws, I’m glad I live in The District these days – I have several newspapers from which to choose and one of them (Washington Times) is often reasonably accurate and readable.

    Gayle Miller (e5a6d9)

  15. Ah, but Gayle, the MSM and Democrat activists deride the WATimes as the Moonie paper.

    PCD (5c49b0)

  16. I’m sure the “mistake” is racist! Not that I know what ethnic background Pattterico has, but I’m really sure about this. It’s all the rage.

    MamaAJ (788539)

  17. A newspaper misspelled a name?

    There is no news here.

    Amphipolis (fdbc48)

  18. Just showing off those multiple layers of fact-checking and editorial supervision so popular at the major media outlets.

    Drumwaster (5ccf59)

  19. Pray tell, what quirk of the law permits one to be charged with “assault with a firearm” when the accused is “not alleged to have handled the gun at any time”?

    Lacking formal legal training, I’m incapable of such curious conclusions.

    Ropelight (cb4838)

  20. Perhaps it is an accessory charge…

    Scott Jacobs (425810)

  21. Ropelight,

    Had you been on the jury, you would have heard the explanation. Since you weren’t, I’ll defer it as the jury is out.

    However, it’s a well-accepted principle of law, which was used to convict Charlie Manson of murder even though he wasn’t even there. I’d hardly call it a “quirk.”

    Patterico (9b18a1)

  22. #20,

    According to the LAT, the charge is “assault with a firearm” not “accessory to…” I can easily see Simmons charged as an accessory, but that’s not what’s in the report.

    So, it seems to me what we have here is a failure to communicate accurately, or some peculiarity of the law with which I wish to become acquainted.

    Now, which is it?

    Ropelight (cb4838)

  23. but that’s not what’s in the report.

    You’re assuming complete accuracy on the part of the LAT?

    Are you new here? 🙂

    Scott Jacobs (425810)

  24. “So, it seems to me what we have here is a failure to communicate accurately, or some peculiarity of the law with which I wish to become acquainted.”

    Ropelight, I’ll be happy to explain the concept of “aiding and abetting” to you when the trial is over. It’s hardly a “peculiarity” but rather a concept that is used every day in courts across the land.

    Patterico (fb7a3b)

  25. And it doesn’t have to be charged as such. It is a theory of liability — a well-accepted one, I say again — which is given to the jury in the court’s instructions.

    Patterico (0f2de0)

  26. P, my laptop let me down again. You resopnded while I was in re-boot.

    I hope you like “peculiarity” better than “quirk” but either works for me. In any case, no affront was intended or implied.

    I respect the law, but sometimes find myself in situations where specific knowledge of such matters as are now under examination could well prove beneficial to my continued well being.

    Thanks for your interest.

    Ropelight (cb4838)

  27. I’m very fond of aiding and abetting as a charge. I conducted an entire prosecution based on the following charging language — which I made up because it’s really a legal non-sequitur: “Aiding and abetting a conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance.” Go find another case where someone was charged with “aiding and abetting” a conspiracy — there’s a reason why its a legal non-sequitur.

    The only other charge I like better is the Pinkerton charge for crimes completed within the confines of an over-arching conspiracy. That’s the ultimate back-door charge.

    WLS (26b1e5)

  28. Wow… WLS, I am in awe…

    How do I come to work on your staff?

    Scott Jacobs (425810)

  29. The LA Times’ article has been corrected:


    A previous version of this article misspelled the name of Deputy Dist. Atty. Patrick Frey as Frye.

    DRJ (9d1be2)

  30. Yeah, I think the LAT writer thought I was actually offended that he had misspelled my name. He sent me an e-mail about it. I think he saw WLS’s post and wrongly assumed (despite the numerous warnings to the contrary) that it was mine. I wrote back and told him I didn’t really see it as a dig, at all.

    Patterico (27779e)

  31. I tried to make it pretty clear in my language that I was joking.

    WLS (4ab682)

  32. GUILTY!

    But what about those dreams on hold?

    Alta Bob (a6d8ba)

  33. The Compton jury found Mr. Simmons guilty.

    Stu707 (adbb5a)

  34. So much for his college career…

    Curse you Patrick! How could you do this to such a sweet boy??

    Oh, wait, I know. Because he’s a fegging crook.

    Nicely done.

    Scott Jacobs (fa5e57)

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