Seattle Justice: The Rise and Fall of the Police Payoff System in Seattle

A Gorton Lecture featuring former King County Prosecutor Christopher T. Bayley

Online registration for this event is now closed. If you would like to attend, please call Tessa Rath at 206-292-0401 x123.

This event is sponsored by Discovery Institute’s Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership and is part of our Gorton Lecture Series.

Join us as former King County Prosecutor Chris Bayley discusses how, as a young lawyer in the 1960s, he fought corruption in Seattle by leading the charge against Seattle’s police payoff system. His new book, Seattle Justice: The Rise and Fall of the Police Payoff System in Seattle (Sasquatch Books), tells the story of how Bayley combated a system of vice and corruption that had infiltrated Seattle’s police department, municipal departments, and even the mayor’s office. Against the odds, he defeated an entrenched incumbent to become King County Prosecutor, and just six months into his first term, he indicted a number of prominent city and police officials. Seattle Justice examines how vice and payoffs became rules of the game in Seattle, and what it took to finally clean up the city.

Christopher T. Bayley served as King County prosecuting attorney from 1971 to 1979. He graduated from Harvard College and received a JD from Harvard Law School. He is currently chairman of Stewardship Partners, a land conservation and restoration organization in Washington State.

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (Doors at 11:45 AM)
Cost: $10 (Includes lunch)
Address: 208 Columbia Street, Seattle, WA 98104

Parking is available in nearby garages, including the Millennium Tower garage at 715 2nd Ave. The Discovery Institute entrance is located on Columbia Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. If you have questions about this event, please contact Tessa Rath at or (206) 292 – 0401 x123.