If one were to rank the staff of the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office by their reputation for integrity and honesty, Steven Merrival would be at or near the top. Mark Lindquist, who knows? He doesn’t carry a caseload and only appears in court if there are news cameras present.
The Latin phrase is “esse quam videri” - to be rather than to appear to be. Lindquist spends inordinate amounts of time and taxpayer money to give the appearance of an ideal prosecutor. His office’s performance, however, has been one scandal after another of hidden evidence, unethical courtroom behavior, coverups, and lost lawsuits and appeals.
Merrival has spent his whole career actually being an excellent prosecutor without seeking fame. That Lindquist has lost the confidence of a man like that sums up the quality of his work better than any of his empty excuses can.