Re: "Justices wrestle with phone privacy" (TNT, 6-12)
Mark Lindquist was elected by the people to be Pierce County's prosecutor. It is a public position and subject to the Public Records Act. To allow an official to conduct business on his private phone and tell the public it cannot access those records based on privacy is ludicrous. Those who run for public office are aware that the position is just that: "public."
Can we think about this logically? If you worked for a company and conducted business on your private phone and there were allegations of bad conduct, wouldn't you want to prove there was no basis to same? Privacy or not?
What does a public official have on his private phone that could warrant more than $200,000 in legal fees to hide? Oh, I forgot; we are paying those fees, so why not?
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Public officials should not use their private phones for public business. If they do, they should lose their right to privacy, just like the rest of us.