Ferguson, Missouri has secretly hired a distinguished trial lawyer to navigate reforms demanded by the US Department of Justice following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, paying nearly double the highest billing rate the state paid last year.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Ferguson City Council unanimously voted behind closed doors to hire Dan K. Webb to negotiate, and possibly litigate, reforms associated with a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation of the St. Louis suburb’s police department and municipal court.
Webb is a former federal prosecutor whose clients in private practice have included Philip Morris, Microsoft, the New York Stock Exchange, Maricopa County in Arizona, and former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, who was convicted of federal racketeering and fraud.
Webb, 69, also prosecuted former National Security Adviser John Poindexter, who was convicted of conspiring to mislead Congress among other charges, during the Iran-Contra scandal. The conviction was tossed out after appeal.