- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes says the city is mulling criminal charges over the illegal cutting of more than 150 trees in a public West Seattle greenbelt.

Holmes says he’s asked police to investigate and is also pursuing civil remedies.

The Seattle Times reports (https://goo.gl/xF4jfM ) that in a statement late Monday, a lawyer for a homeowner on the block called the cutting a mistake, saying his client and other neighbors hired a landscaping business to top and prune some trees to improve their views.

The lawyer, Clayton P. Graham, had already sent a letter to the city on his client’s behalf, claiming at least partial responsibility for the damage and offering to find a way to make amends.

The clear-cut area is considered environmentally critical due to its steep slope. It’s part of a known landslide zone.

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