Former City Attorney John Witt remembered for politics-free advice and keeping Padres in San Diego

Former City Attorney John Witt remembered for politics-free advice and keeping Padres in San Diego

There was a time when the San Diego Padres almost became the Washington, D.C, Padres.

But that didn’t happen, thanks in large part to the legal wrangling of then-City Attorney John Witt.

Witt’s courtroom victory — holding that any new owner would be responsible for picking up the tab on rent and...