Los Angeles Times
October 17, 2002

With the campaign for California governor in full swing, veteran L.A. Times investigative reporter Henry Weinstein decided it was time to dig into the actual record of candidate Bill Simon when he was a federal prosecutor in New York. In speeches and on his Web site, Simon had claimed that his work was integral to convicting mob bosses. He also said that while he was an assistant U.S. attorney he had taken on "corporate wrongdoers" and "the worst polluters." Weinstein began with a complete listing from TRAC of all matters handled by Simon during his three-year stint as a prosecutor. Using this roadmap as a guide, he scoured federal files in New York and at the federal archive in Missouri. With this documentary information in hand, he then conducted several interviews with the candidate. Weinstein found little to substantiate Simon's claims. And his meticulously researched article ran as Part 1 of a front-page series profiling the Bill Simon.



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