Malfeasance Guide - Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist

Malfeasance Guide

This guide provides factual information from original documents that describe job performance of Pierce County's elected prosecutor. In this important job, integrity matters, and accountability and fairness must come first. Once you look closer at Mark Lindquist, the case is clear.


Busto Report

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In response to two detailed whistleblower complaints, Pierce County hired an outside investigator, through Sebris, Busto, and James. The investigator interviewed 65 witnesses and examined 22 source documents for the 65-page report. Findings include:

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Nissen II judgement

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In April, 2018, a judge ruled Lindquist violated the Public Records act, and levied a major fine on taxpayers. The judge also forced disclosure of key messages that are likely evidence in a larger lawsuit against Lindquist. With this judgement, the total costs for his handling of this claim now exceeds $1,000,000 (one million dollars). Because he is elected, taxpayers are responsible for this cost. An employment discrimination suit that was delayed by evidence at issue in the Nissen II lawsuit now proceeds in federal court. With this additional evidence against Lindquist, future costs could be dramatic.

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Dalsing, Withholding of exculpatory evidence

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Court ruling found Lindquist abused his authority by engaging in a vindictive prosecution of a Pierce County woman, withholding evidence, and obstructing justice to keep her in Pierce County Jail for 8 months despite no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

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Washington v. Nemetz disciplinary hearing

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Televised statements on Nancy Grace, then a national television program, about the accused during a trial in progress caused the Washington State Bar Association Office of Disciplinary Counsel to schedule a disciplinary hearing for December, 2018. The hearing could result in a suspension of Lindquist's law license. This would make him unable to serve in this elected office.

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Dempsey bar complaint

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Televised prohibited statements on KIRO Evening News, a regional television program, about the accused. The prosecutor's seven felony claims were each dismissed with prejudice through a bench trial. Referred to Washington State Bar Association June, 2018, and now under investigation by Scott Busby, Senior Disciplinary Counsel.

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