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EDITORIAL JUSTICE FOR YAGMAN 'WATCHDOG' GETS LEASHED.

FOR years, Stephen Yagman has been the litigious gadfly of Los Angeles city politics, ever quick to file a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department in the name of civil rights.

Yagman -- who, annoying as he is, won more than a few cases over police abuse -- has always had something of an obsession with law enforcement. That will serve him well since he may soon be going to prison for as long as seven years.

Last week, the attorney was convicted of money laundering, attempted tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud.

Yagman's fate appears entirely self-inflicted. Starting in 1995, he stopped having income taxes deducted from his paychecks. Since then, prosecutors argued, he lived "the good life" while concealing his wealth from the tax collectors.

Cheating on taxes is always dangerous, but all the more so for someone who routinely files high-profile, big-dollar lawsuits against authority.

Let Yagman's conviction be a reminder that no one's above the law -- not even the would-be watchdogs.
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Date:Jun 26, 2007
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