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Seattle attorney sues after Mason County appointment

A Seattle attorney who says he was unlawfully “conscripted” into being a Mason County public defender has sued Mason County District Court and Judge George Steele to reverse the appointment.

Jonathan Lewis, who has a legal practice in Seattle, filed a writ of mandamus in Mason County Superior Court on Feb. 27. The writ is used when government officials have allegedly taken a legally prohibited action.

Steele assigned Lewis to defend a man charged in district court with DUI whose primary language is Kanjobal.

Lewis immediately “respectfully declined the appointment,” saying it was not in accord...


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