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KHQ obtained a letter written by lawyers for the former city attorney, Nancy Isserlis, to the author of the Straub Report demanding an apology. KHQ obtained a letter written by lawyers for the former city attorney, Nancy Isserlis, to the author of the Straub Report demanding an apology.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

On the same day that the City of Spokane's pick for a new attorney withdrew from consideration, citing bullying from Council President Ben Stuckart, KHQ obtained a letter written by lawyers for the former city attorney, Nancy Isserlis, to the author of the Straub Report demanding an apology.

The letter, dated Monday, August 8, says the investigative team acted as "Judge, jury and executioner" and is "very cavalier."

"Therefore," reads the conclusion, "we herewith demand that you withdraw your entire report and that you provide a written public apology to the men and women of the CAO (City Attorney's Office), particularly Ms. Nancy Isserlis, Ms. Erin Jacobson and Mr. Pat Dalton."

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The letter demands an apology by Wednesday, August 10, but does not say what steps will be taken if such an apology doesn't come.

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In the Straub Report, the investigator states that Isserlis, City Administrator Theresa Sanders, and City Attorney Pat Dalton withheld potentially damaging public records requests until after Mayor David Condon was re-elected. The implication is that the release of such documents may have harmed his chances of being re-elected. It's a claim that all three vehemently deny.

The Seabold Group, who authored the Straub report, defended their findings saying they would "make the same findings today regardless of any criticisms that have been lodged by those who may disagree."

The Seabold Group has not yet responded to a request from KHQ for comment.

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