After receiving instruction from the Greensboro City Council to begin legal proceedings against HB 263 restructuring the council, City Attorney Tom Carruthers made a point to say that his office’s relationship with the law firm Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard—where District 3 representative Justin Outling is an associate — was limited to providing advice on constitutional issues and that the city had not retained litigation counsel to handle a (possible) lawsuit.

Well, guess who’s representing the city in the lawsuit filed earlier this week? And the first two guesses don’t count (seems I’ve saying that a lot lately).

How is this not a conflict of interest?