Shawnee Co. Dist. Atty. Steps into Helicopter Fray

Shawnee County District Attorney Robert Hecht indicated he plans to act on the City’s refusal to stop a deal to buy a new police helicopter.

In January, Hecht advised the City the helicopter deal was invalid. Early this month, he asked the City to provide legal argument why a civil lawsuit to stop the deal was not warranted.

Acting City Attorney Braxton Copley responded to Hecht with his opinion that the helicopter deal was valid.

On Tuesday, the Council turned down an attempt by councilman Bill Haynes to stop the deal.

Hecht sent a letter to 13 News Friday saying his original opinion stands and
“This office will move as quickly as prudent to fulfill our professional responsibilities and obligations to the law and Topeka’s citizens.”