Using the information provided by Leonard in exchange for reducing his brother’s sentence in L.A Confidential (1997), Jack and Exley visited the location of the Night Owl suspects and arrested all three of them. They were brought into custody for investigation. Exley interrogated each of the three suspects separately. Before interrogating the third suspect, who was named Jones, he gave him a newspaper to read:
Exley: Give Jones the newspaper. I want him primed.
Dudley: Take the cuffs off, so he can read it.
Why did Exley give a newspaper to Jones, out of all the suspects, before interrogating him?