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TACOMA: Legal costs in Brame case against city hit $2 million

The Tacoma City Council has agreed to pay an additional $1.7 million to the law firm defending the city against a lawsuit by the family of Crystal Brame, bringing the city's total legal expenses in the case to nearly $2 million.

Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to approve changes in the contract with the law firm Burgess Fitzer that are expected to cover the city's legal expenses up to the time of a trial.

In June, the City Council authorized paying Burgess Fitzer $245,000 after Crystal Brame's two children, her parents and her sister filed a claim for damages with the city because it hired, promoted and failed to supervise Police Chief David Brame.

The family followed by filing a lawsuit against the city last month after failing to reach a settlement.

David Brame fatally shot his wife, Crystal, and then killed himself in April during a contentious divorce.

Jason Hagey, The News Tribune