In this week's paper:

  • Robert Ullman
When an officer unlawfully arrests someone, who is that officer's attorney? For the past 40 years, attorneys for police officers have come exclusively from one pricey downtown Seattle law firm: Stafford Frey Cooper.

On average last year, Stafford Frey Cooper charged the city $287 per hour; City Attorney Pete Holmes says city-employed lawyers can do the same job just as well for less than half as much: $102 per hour.

But if Holmes leverages his authority to require cops to use city lawyers—a move that could save the city over $1 million a year—the police guild says they'll take legal action that "could prove very expensive for the city, especially in a tight budget year." Read the hubbub over HERE.