Police Department Settles Defense Attorney Lawsuit

Seattle Times:

The Seattle Police Department has agreed to pay $32,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing the department of withholding information from defense attorneys about its handling of domestic-violence cases.

In the course of the case, the City Attorney’s Office accidentally revealed a disputed document that showed police had instructed citizen volunteers in a victim-assistance program to not 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, according to the city.

Under the settlement, completed March 22, the department did not make an admission of liability and said it was making the payment solely for the “purpose of compromising a disputed claim.”

Kimberly Mills, spokeswoman for the City Attorney’s Office, said Tuesday the city wanted to “resolve the issue as quickly and economically as possible.”