Seattle Police to Pay Defense Lawyers Over Withholding Information


The Seattle Police Department will pay $32,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing the department of withholding information from defense attorneys about its handling of domestic-violence cases, reports the Seattle Times. The city attorney accidentally revealed a disputed document that showed police had instructed citizen volunteers in a victim-assistance program not to put in writing some information that could be used by defense attorneys. As a result, the police department is rewriting the manual to conform to its legal obligations.

The case raises questions about potential violations of the civil rights of defendants and should be reviewed by the U.S. Justice Department as part of its current investigation of the police department’s use of force and treatment of minorities, said James Lobsenz, the attorney who represented the defense lawyers’ association.

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