Through his attorney, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist argues that the problem lies with the current state of legislation as to privacy interests and public records. OK. As an elected public official sworn to integrity and truth to the utmost possible degree, he can do the following:
Present all of the records in dispute for an in-camera review, while specifying that he is doing so voluntarily – and without otherwise waiving his legal position that they are protected from disclosure. Let the chips fall where they may.
When the dust has settled, Lindquist can then lead the legislative charge to fix the problem – much like he has done with respect to release policies for sex offenders and protective measures for vulnerable adults. This would show the citizens of Pierce County that he not only holds himself to a higher standard, but is fit to meet challenges beyond those which conclude with voter-friendly photo ops.
But Lindquist has not done this. Instead, he has circled the wagons around a bonfire of Pierce County taxpayer dollars. There are only two explanations for this, and neither is cousin to integrity or truth.