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.
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:
- Lindquist retaliates against employees who criticize him.
- Lindquist urged "no good deals" for a group of defense attorneys who were critical of him.
- Lindquist inquired several times about the attractiveness of a job applicant.
- Lindquist said, according to several witnesses, that the 2009 Lakewood shooting of four police officers was worth "$100,000 of free publicity" for his pending re-election campaign.
- Investigation findings: Lindquist runs prosecutor's office based on politics, retaliation, Tacoma News Tribune
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.
- Judge rules against prosecutor in expensive public-records case, KIRO 7 News
- Council appeals Lindquist text message case with quiet vote, adding potential new costs, Tacoma News Tribune
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.
- Recall petition against Mark Lindquist can move forward, judge says Tacoma News Tribune
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.
- State bar recommends disciplinary hearing for Lindquist over murder-trial TV appearance, Tacoma News Tribune
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.
- Prosecutor's spokesman banned, then outed for scrubbing Lindquist's Wikipedia page, Tacoma News Tribune
- Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist should resign, The Seattle Times
- Prosecutor misconduct blamed in many reversed cases in Pierce County, The Seattle Times
- Wikipedia censorship campaign - Analysis of Public Information Coordinator reveals violations of RCW 42.17A.550, prohibiting public funds for political purposes.
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- Prosecutor race shifts to low road as Lindquist attacks Robnett and runs afoul of another newspaper