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Thursday, October 07, 2010

L.A. Times: Police commissioner’s role in Mariotti case raises questions

The role a Los Angeles police commissioner played in the domestic abuse case of a popular sports columnist raises questions of a possible conflict of interest, said the head of the city’s police union.

Debra Wong Yang, a high-profile attorney and member of the civilian commission that oversees the LAPD, was involved briefly in representing Jay Mariotti, an ESPN personality and sports writer. Mariotti was arrested last month on suspicion of domestic abuse after he allegedly got into a physical confrontation with his girlfriend and police were summoned to the Venice-area apartment they shared.

Prosecutors charged Mariotti with seven misdemeanor counts; six of them were dropped in a deal struck with the city attorney’s office. He pleaded no contest to the seventh charge.

Other attorneys from Yang’s firm, Gibson Dunn, accompanied Mariotti at his court appearances. Yang, however, spoke to The Times for an article about the case and was identified as Mariotti’s attorney. In those comments, Yang called the girlfriend’s allegations “inaccurate and sensationalized.”

Tripon Posted: October 07, 2010 at 07:32 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. More Dewey is Always Good Posted: October 07, 2010 at 07:55 PM (#3657669)
Calling Debra Wang a "police commissioner" is misleading at best.
   2. Hack Wilson Posted: October 07, 2010 at 08:45 PM (#3657749)
Calling Mariotti a popular sports columnist is more misleading. Hell calling him a sports columnist is misleading.
   3. The District Attorney Posted: October 07, 2010 at 08:52 PM (#3657756)
The police should really be worrying about more important issues, such as missing baseball cards.
   4. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: October 07, 2010 at 08:56 PM (#3657760)
he police should really be worrying about more important issues, such as missing baseball cards.

the cards aren't missing, the owner is
   5. Alex Vila Posted: October 07, 2010 at 09:20 PM (#3657780)
They dropped 6 counts? Then I take it that the electric chair option is off the table?
   6. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: October 07, 2010 at 09:24 PM (#3657781)
Calling Debra Wang a "police commissioner" is misleading at best.

That's what the LAPD calls her.
   7. Srul Itza Posted: October 08, 2010 at 02:47 AM (#3658130)
That's what the LAPD calls her.

That's what the website calls her. I would bet that the rank and file call her something a lot more along the line of your BBTF handle.

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