The mayor's son, Jacob Nickels, has hired one of the city's top law firms to represent him in federal court against racketeering charges. Submitting appearance papers yesterday in U.S. District Court in Seattle were Jeff Robinson, Amanda Lee and Kimberly Gordon of Seattle's Schroeter Goldmark and Bender, a personal injury firm that also handles select criminal defense cases. Nickels' three attorneys comprise the firm's criminal defense department.
They've asked the government to produce all the standard evidence it has against Nickels, including any electronic monitoring and statements by him and to name any "informant, spy [or] eavesdropper" to the crime he is alleged to have committed - helping facilitate a multi-state gambling scam at Indian casinos, including the one where he worked as a pit boss in Whatcom County. Among Schroeter Goldmark's roster of successful criminal cases are dismissal of charges against a Port Angeles physician accused of murdering a 3-day old infant, representing corporate managers in the U.S. investigation of medical billing practices at the University of Washington (no charges were filed), obtaining not-guilty verdicts in recent murder and robbery cases, and obtaining the release of an Iraqi immigrant accused of terrorism.