Boeing's War Chest; DUI Defense for the Stars

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DUI Defense for the Stars

What do you do when you're a public figure arrested for drunk driving or assault? Wake up Bill Bowman, apparently. He's not merely "Lawyer to the Pols," as we note today regarding his representation of political DUIers Venus Velázquez, Mark Olson, and Bobbe Bridge.

In recent years, Bowman and fellow lawyers Jon Fox and Francisco Duarte— the Bellevue firm of Fox Bowman Duarte—seemed to have been on the Seahawks' speed dial: Sean Locklear and Bryce Fisher, both accused of assaulting women, rang them up, as did Koren Robinson after his DUI.

The firm, with a reputation for successfully challenging blood alcohol test procedures and results, is also representing an especially unpopular DUI defendant, ex-fugitive Fred Russell, accused in the drunk-driving death of three college students, and currently on trial in Kelso.

His attorney, Duarte, plans expert testimony to disprove Russell's .12 blow results. Yesterday, the attorney tried to show Russell was so not drunk he even caught a math error on his bar tab.

The genius then went out and killed three kids and injured four others.

— Rick Anderson

War Keeps Boeing Flying

Once again it is as much war as it is peace (or a new taxpayer-subsidized commercial airliner being built in Everett) that keeps Boeing in the big bucks. The Lazy B this week reported a $1.1 billion third-quarter profit, up more than 60 percent over the same period last year. News stories focused on the upswing on the commercial side (which may downswing next year with the expected delays in delivering the new 787).

While that side drives the company's stock, investors also take comfort in the steady beat of defense contracts that today account for almost half of Boeing's income: Of the more than $16 billion quarterly revenue, commercial earned $8.26 billion and defense brought in $8.01 billion.

Standard & Poor's now considers Boeing stock a "buy," but not merely because of the 787: "We see Boeing's defense business doing well, with potential for a large win on the Air Force's new tanker plane," says a new S&P analysis. War, what is it good for? Boeing.

— Rick Anderson

 
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