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Seattle city attorney drops subpoenas

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The City of Seattle withdrew subpoenas to three investigative reporters seeking the identity of several confidential sources. When news of…

The City of Seattle withdrew subpoenas to three investigative reporters seeking the identity of several confidential sources. When news of the subpoenas spread, critics were quick to attack city attorney Thomas Carr — the ironic head of the state’s Sunshine Committee — for subpoenaing the reporters to identify sources as part of the city’s defense against a defamation suit from a former police officer. Carr said that he now considers the matter closed and would not continue to pursue the reporters.