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More Departures from City Attorney's Office

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee January 5, 2010

Since he was elected as Seattle’s new city attorney last November, Pete Holmes has cut a dozen staffers from the city's law department. Although Holmes' office has yet to comment on the firings, multiple sources confirmed the cuts, and the staffers are no longer listed in the city's directory.

From the criminal division:

Bob Hood, head of the criminal division, had worked in the City Attorney since Sidran was in office. He recently handled the Drug Market Initiative program in the East Precinct.

Unit supervisor Robert Chung, and attorneys Mary Lynch, Robert Murashige, and Bill Ross, all longtime trial attorneys in the criminal division.

Attorney Derek Smith, infamous for aggressively prosecuting the 17 nightclub workers arrested following Operation Sobering Thought. The case turned out to be a disaster, and prosecutors were unable to win a conviction. After Operation Sobering Thought,  Smith told me that “in the grand scheme of things," seeking harsh sentences for the bartenders "was probably unwarranted under the circumstances.”

Tienney Milnor, the controversial former East Precinct liaison.

And Sharon Hayden, who ran the domestic violence unit.

Holmes also made a number of cuts to his office's civil division.

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