A Marysville district attorney and public defense attorney could have put more than 300 cases at risk through a secret workplace relationship.
MARYSVILLE, Washington. – For months, a district attorney and city defense attorney debated cases in the Marysville courthouse while hiding a secret romantic relationship.
Sources confirm that former city attorney Al Treacy and former defense attorney Marne Whitney often found themselves on opposite sides of the same case, resulting in an apparent conflict of interest that was never disclosed to employees or customers.
An internal investigation by the city administration recommended that Treacy be fired. But in June he resigned before that could happen. He was with the prosecutor for 12 years.
Whitney was a public defense attorney with the Feldman and Lee law firm.
A company spokesperson told KING 5, “As soon as we learned of the inappropriate relationship between our associate and the Marysville District Attorney, we immediately terminated her employment and reported her actions to the Washington State Bar Association.”
The couple worked together on more than 300 misdemeanor cases in Marysville. These cases were all reviewed to see if any of them should be lifted.
A Marysville city spokesman told KING 5, “We understand that of all of these cases, three have new court-appointed attorneys, but there has been no further legal action on these cases.”
Ken Kagan, a lawyer who represents Whitney, said there was no evidence that her clients were harmed in any way.
Indeed, Kagan said, “As a result of Ms. Whitney’s efforts to negotiate results for her clients with Mr. Treacy, her clients have actually done much better than they could have if they had been represented by other lawyers.”
KING 5’s attempts to reach Treacy were unsuccessful.