"Fascist X" said a lawyer and sent to jail for insulting him.
There has been some discussion about this headline's structure. Since I intended to put the quoted speech in front of the sentence, I built it accordingly. However, too many people (especially native English speakers) objected to it by saying "that doesn't sound correct" without giving any grammatical explanations whatsoever.
So, What is wrong with that headline?
According to these resources, sentence's structure is correct:
- I dropped "was" before the "sent". Since it was a headline, and I thought It was the correct thing to do exclusively for headlines: "Auxiliary verbs are dropped in the passive form."
- I also built the headline according to inversion of subject and reporting verb rule: " In narratives, especially novels and short stories, when the reporting clause comes second, we often invert the subject (s) and reporting verb (v):"
I know there are better ways to build that sentence, but what is grammatically incorrect in it that leads native English speakers to find it incorrect?