Recent articles about actions taken and allegedly taken by Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist make it clear he should stand down. The allegations include charges of prosecutorial misconduct, unethical behavior, abusive treatment of staff and using government funds for private purposes.
There are too many cases of verified prosecutorial misconduct by his office, especially withholding exculpatory evidence, to believe that they are merely errors. His actions have damaged the credibility of his office. Lindquist should take a leave of absence until investigations by the Washington Bar Association and the Pierce County Human Resources Department are completed.
Lindquist is not alone. Americans are being subjected to an epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct. Some judges, such as Chief Judge Alex Kozinsky of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, are openly calling for sanctions, including perjury charges, against prosecutors who conceal evidence and/or make false statements to the court.
Last month all 250 of the prosecutors in Orange County, California, were disqualified from continuing to work on an ongoing murder case. The judge cited false statements made to the court and concealment of evidence from the defense.
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It is time for Lindquist to protect the integrity of the office by leaving.