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$1 Jury Award Against Officer Could Cost Seattle $700K

July 01, 2011  | 

A jury verdict that awarded $1 to a man who was held at gunpoint too long by a Seattle police officer has already cost city taxpayers more than $300,000 — but the final bill could more than double.

The lawyers for Andrew Rutherford have asked U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman to approve attorneys' fees and costs totaling more than $419,000, according to declarations they filed.

Meantime, Stafford Frey Cooper, the private law firm retained by the police officers involved, has already billed the city $331,000 to defend the case to date, according to Kimberly Mills, the city attorney's spokeswoman.

Source: Seattle Times


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Kevin O'Brien @ 7/4/2011 5:14 PM

Not a lot of people know the "Just One Dollar" bulls--t is used by attorneys all the time especially when they have a losing case. As long as the jury awards the plaintiff jst $1.00 as a token amount of punishment against you - thinking that they are just making a point; the dirtbag plaintiff's attorneys are entitled to 100% of their grossly inflated legal fees and costs because the defendant lost and was assessed punitive and/or general damages. Even more sickening is that defense attorneys are not permitted to tell the jury about that particular trick when it happens!

Attorneys rely upon the vapid stupidity of the uninformed clowns too dumb to get out of jury duty - or those with an axe to grind with law enforcement - to perpetuate their money-making schemes. You think you got off easy because your punitive damage was just $1.00 and you laugh as you pull it out of your wallet. In the meantime your state, county, city, township, village or district is cringing and on the verge of financial collapse as they write the check for the big money. The scumbag attorneys are laughing all the way to the bank and excitedly waiting for the next cop to do something preventably stupid.

My brothers and sisters, this profession is not one of ego, revenge or emotion! If you would not do or say something you would not do or say if your chief, or your mom or priest or your children would see or hear if they were standing there watching and listening, DON'T DO IT!

Leadership is at all levels and if you do not have the courage to do or say what is right because you fear peer pressure or your ego will bruise that easily, you do not belong in this job!

I'll rip this off from our friend Gordon Graham: PREDICTABLE IS PREVENTABLE! Protect yourself. Save your career. Take the lead and do what is right!!

Kevin O'Brien

California

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