Re: "Staffer files complaint on Lindquist" (TNT, 5-14).
I am a retired public defender who practiced in Pierce County for 22 years. I have known Steve Merrival since 1973, when he was a law student at the University of Wisconsin Law School. I was director of Wisconsin Indian Legal Services and hired him as a student intern.
Merrival went on to become a prosecutor. As a public defender in Pierce County, he and I have been counsel for the defense and he was counsel for the plaintiff in countless cases.
I have no personal knowledge of the allegations he has made in his complaint against Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist, but I do have a long professional association with Merrival and can testify to his character. I have found him to be an honest, courageous, ethical attorney who does his very best to represent the state of Washington, protect the citizens of Pierce County and seek justice in a fair, even-handed manner.
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This is no small chore, but his reputation in the legal community confirms my opinion of Merrival.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Denise Greer's response after reading the allegations was, without investigation, to insinuate that Merrival has lied because he is an unhappy employee. If his allegations are true, he has every right to be an unhappy employee.
Given what I personally know of Merrival's reputation and character, I would be shocked if he filed a false complaint.