Gangster Metamorphosis: Richard Rodriguez's Big Makeover
Rodriguez is presently on both ends of court proceedings -- as a defendant accused of leading police on the high-speed chase that ended in his being kicked, and as a plaintiff suing El Monte for $5 million. Now, according to the L.A. Times, Rodriguez's lawyer, Nick Pacheco, has plans to transform his client's image through a classic makeover. A thick moustache will conceal the "Flores" gang moniker that presently covers Rodriguez's lip, while a full head of hair will be allowed to grow over other tattoos that are visible on his shaved head. A conservative suit and tie will do the rest. Pacheco, a former L.A. City Councilman, provided the Times with Photoshopped Before and After images of Rodriguez to show what the results of his strategy might appear like in court.