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Aguirre accuses legal opponents of using assault tactics

San Diego's embattled city attorney Mike Aguirre accuses his legal opponents of using assault tactics to defeat his case that pension benefits were illegally granted. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Aguirre says only about 10 percent of his office is working on lawsuits trying to roll back pension benefits and he's up against 12 suits filed by some of the best law firms in town. Four of those suits are filed by the pension system, four by labor unions, and four by individuals.

Aguirre: "What this demonstrates there is a coordinated attack plan on the taxpayers with a goal of overwhelming the city and allowing outside law firms with access to unlimited resources to rein down and wasteful and duplicative litigation tactics."

Aguirre was removed by the city council from a case last week after a judge called his defense quote, verging on careless. That suit now threatens the city with a potential $175 million payment. Some council members say Aguirre can't sue the city and defend it at the same time. Alison St John, KPBS News.

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