Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist claims that his office's trial tactics and charging decisions should not be considered to be "misconduct." Lindquist has gone far beyond mere “error” in his willful and deliberate violation of appellate and state Supreme Court orders.
Lindquist’s recent Viewpoint piece (TNT, 5-3) fails to address why his office has been found to have committed misconduct in a disproportionate number of cases and how his office alone is calling the Supreme Court’s decisions “unexpected.”
Lindquist addressed only one of the multitude of brazen miscarriages of justice committed since his election. He does not, because he cannot, defend the others. He cannot justify willful violation of court orders resulting in wrongful incarceration or the vindictive filing of charges to avoid civil liability for that very incarceration.
Lindquist claims to have learned from his “errors,” yet continues to commit new and more flagrant miscarriages of justice. He has not corrected the constant stream of manifest misconduct flowing from his office. Far from protecting, defending and respecting everyone’s rights as “the people’s lawyer,” it appears Lindquist’s only interest is his own political aspirations.
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(Alo-Colbeck is a Tacoma attorney who assisted with research on one of the cases in question.)