Crime

Statements from prosecutor and sheriff

PROSECUTOR MARK LINDQUIST

Before publication of this story regarding the investigation of a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy and Prosecutor Mark Lindquist’s phone records, The News Tribune sought comment from Lindquist.

Lindquist on the phone records case before the Washington State Supreme Court:

“We are fighting for the constitutional privacy rights of everyone, including teachers, firefighters, health care providers, and all who communicate with them. If the constitutional rights of public employees and their families can be ignored, who’s next?”

Lindquist on the investigation of a death threat against a deputy prosecutor:

“All of our staff who knew of the death threat, including the victim, were concerned for her safety.”

SHERIFF PAUL PASTOR

Before publication of this story regarding the investigation of a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy and Prosecutor Mark Lindquist’s phone records, The News Tribune sought comment from Sheriff Paul Pastor.

Pastor on a death threat investigation that focused on one of his deputies:

“I have a track record of frankly providing my opinion to the prosecutor. I may agree or disagree depending on the issue. With regard to personnel decisions in my department, I make those decisions based on my assessment of each case.

“Speaking specifically to the case involving Detective Glenda Nissen, there was an investigation, and the results of that investigation did not support sustaining allegations of criminal conduct against her. I believe that further comment on my part would be inappropriate due to pending legal actions.”

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