The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
Sherilee “Leesa” Van Zandt, a paralegal employed by the City of Spokane, has been charged in Spokane County District Court with assaulting an Alaska Airlines flight attendant “in a drunken, profanity-laced tirade.”
Police say that Van Zandt claimed to be a city prosecutor when they tried to calm her.
She’ll continue her job helping with civil cases as the criminal case proceeds, said City Attorney Howard Delaney.
“It’s really unrelated to her job and it was off duty, so I’m not really doing anything at this point until we see how it turns out,” Delaney said.
Van Zandt apparently left quite an impression on witnesses, who seem to have provided extensive details about her behavior to the police, including allegations that she was drinking while traveling with a small child and tampered with a crew member’s lunch.