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May 22, 2005 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
He was L.A.'s top official lawyer; she was his wife. Together, they were powerful players in the city's political backroom deals. They ran the city attorney's office together, and together were convicted of corruption and wound up behind bars. Erwin "Pete" Werner and his wife, "Queen Helen," as she was known in 1930s political circles, were central figures in a liquor-license scandal that reached all the way to Sacramento.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2005 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
He was L.A.'s top official lawyer; she was his wife. Together, they were powerful players in the city's political backroom deals. They ran the city attorney's office together, and together were convicted of corruption and wound up behind bars. Erwin "Pete" Werner and his wife, "Queen Helen," as she was known in 1930s political circles, were central figures in a liquor-license scandal that reached all the way to Sacramento.
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