He was Mike Webb's lawyer before his fateful fraud case.
He's threatening legal action against BlatherWatch for our 2005 post, Mike Webb's Attorney No Stranger to "dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation".
Take it down or else, he says.
Sounds harsh, and for sure our many detractors will be jumping for joy that somebody finally did it, but those weren't our words for this humble servant of justice: they're the ones the bar association used to describe Marshall's actions that violated their rules of professional conduct in 1997.
Or, as The Seattle Times put it: "... his troubled history with the Washington State Bar Association, which polices the legal profession."
(We're pretty sure what's really bothering Mr. Bradley is that when he googles his own name, (like this) up pops BlatherWatch's unflattering, but painfully accurate news about his problems.
That makes Mr. Bradley so cross, he wrote us letter:
Over the course of the last several years you have published the "Blatherwatch," a conservative political blog site.
Approximately two years ago, you published a defamatory and slanderous blog of the undersigned in connection with a story of the famed talk show host, Mike Webb. Despite Mr. Webb's demise, you have continued to make disparaging remarks when reminiscing the memory of past times.
The story you published concerning me was inaccurate, denigrating, and placed me in a false light. The purpose of this writing is to formally request that you remove the article from the BlatherWatch website and cease any further negative reporting concerning the undersigned. Every day that the article remains in the public domain constitutes the continuing harm to my personal and professional standing in the community.
Attached is information that may be of use to you in weighing my request. It is not my desire to seek redress through the courts, but I will do so if you and I are unable to reach an amicable resolution.
Very truly yours, Bradley R. Marshall
As legal "documentation," he sent us a news story he downloaded from the interweb about how bloggers are getting sued. Read everything he sent us here.
Jeez, we don't know where to start, Mr. Marshall. Calling us a "conservative political blog" really hurt; we may consult our legal team about recompense for that cruel and inaccurate designation.
(That you refer yourself as "the undersigned," and then as "me" in the same graf affronts our writerly sensibility and we're reporting you to our attorneys of record, Strunk & White. A small legal crotchit: slander is an oral utterance that defames, libel be written. Nothing, thereby, therefore, therewith we've written, Mr. Bradley, could be legally slanderous).
And nothing we've written about your checkered past ever be considered libelous. The truth trumps the accusation of defamation, right? And we not only wrote the truth: as a matter of fact, our "reporting" (lazy pigs that we are) we copied it out of the daily papers and the Bar Association's very public records!
Indeed, the disciplinary records, as The Times put it, "... do not flatter Marshall. They allege dishonesty, malpractice, domestic violence, harassment."
Read about the disciplinary stain on Marshall's record we reported here. According to the WSBA records, Marshall directed his staff to "emulate the signatures" (read: forge) of a client and a witness on a court document; and then not "accepting personal responsibility" for (read: lying about) the improper signatures or submitting false information to the court. But that's not the worst of it. The Times:
The bar accused Marshall repeatedly of dishonesty and of failing to own up to misconduct. In 2004, a disciplinary board voted for disbarment and require restitution of more than $80,000 after investigating ethical complaints filed by some longshoremen he represented in a 1995 discrimination lawsuit.
In 2007, the case, as reported in the P-I went to the State Supreme Court who decided against disbarment but suspended his license for 18 months and payments to former clients totalling $45,000.
In a sordid, separate case earlier in 2007, the Seattle Times in a larger campaign daylighting improperly sealed court files, revealed that in 1998,
"[Marshall] ... was being sued for sexual harassment by a former employee. Marshall and the woman cut a deal. He handed over a check, and she, in turn, agreed to let the entire file be sealed.
Lawyers call this a quid pro quo: one thing in return for another. Marshall purchased secrecy — with the secret tucked away in a file in King County Superior Court, locked behind a computer password."
Marshall 'splained all this and more in AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF SEATTLE AND KING COUNTY which he's since taken down from his once-grand website.
Not known for his humility, Marshall commissioned a mural for his Leschi law office memorializing his life and career. The panels are 80 feet long.
Besides the ego thing: he's got one helluva résumé!
Marshall represented the families of Robert Thomas Sr. and Harold McCord Jr., both killed by police. He's taught at Seattle Pacific University (business law and ethics) and at University of Washington (sports-management law).
He's represented such athletes as basketball players Clifford Robinson and James Edwards. He represented Mike Webb in his police brutality case never settled before Webb's death.
Can't figure out why Marshall would want to bring all this up with us. There's no money to be had, here: We once had a pot to piss in, but we left it somewhere, and haven't been able to locate it since around 2002.
By threatening BlatherWatch, Marshall can't change history. In fact, by threatening us, his name with the embarrassing part of his past attached will only be more numerous 'cross the Internets.