The Associated Press bureau on Figueroa threw a party this afternoon for special correspondent Linda Deutsch, celebrating her 40 years with the wire service. She signed on in 1967 to be an entertainment reporter, but they sent her to cover the trial of Sirhan Sirhan for the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. Now she's a legend, having covered the trials of Charles Manson, Squeaky Fromme, Patty Hearst, Angela Davis, O.J. Simpson and Robert Blake — among others, of course. District Attorney Steve Cooley brought a resolution praising Deutsch and was joined at the party by Simpson trial judge Lance Ito. Among the hundred or so guests, according to LA Observed's spy, were appellate justice Nora Manella, federal judge Robert Takasugi, Loyola law professor Laurie Levenson and litigators Tom Mesereau and Harland Braun.
A video of Deutsch through the years made liberal references to Elvis Presley, her idol. It was no coincidence, apparently, that today was his birthday.