The next day came the revelation that Detective Ron Ito (no relation to Lance) had been accompanied in his investigations by a book writer and L.A. Timesreporter who had been allowed to handle evidence. It was yet another glimpse into a town where crime, celebrity and spin often converge with disastrous results — at least, possibly, as far as the prosecution is concerned.
At no point in the hearing did Blake turn around to the court, although during lulls his old-school friend Solari would mumble Frank Sinatra's "Scoobie doobie doo" refrain from "Strangers in the Night." It was as though Blake weren't even there. The night before, Walters had asked Blake about the effects of his ordeal. "They took away my past!" Blake shouted. "They took away who I was — my whole life!" Then he subsided into a sullen calm. Clearly, Blake had lost the will to act, and this should cause his jailers the deepest concern.