The allegations against the Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist and his management team are merely allegations and not proof of misconduct, but they are serious allegations. If proven, they could lead to findings of abuse of power, Washington Bar Association sanctions for ethical violations up to and including disbarment, civil liability, or criminal prosecution for the misuse of funds and diversion of governmental resources.
Some of the allegations in the whistleblower complaints, if true, could result in criminal convictions. But it will be a slow process. More than 40 witnesses have been named, and more may be identified.
Even if a whistleblower complaint leads to a finding of criminal conduct, it would have to be investigated a second time by law enforcement. The results of that investigation would be referred to a state or perhaps federal prosecutor.
Claims of attorney-client privilege and prosecutor work product will most likely delay the investigation. This is what was done in the Dalsing case.
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The investigation of criminal conduct by law enforcement should begin now. The exoneration of Lindquist or his removal from office is needed sooner rather than later. The integrity of the Pierce County criminal justice system should no longer be doubted.