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Tag: Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist

July
21st

New DUI penalties a bit of good news amidst a bloody week

If one were looking for confirmation that summertime and bloodshed go hand in hand, the proof was scattered throughout the local news this week.

Here are a few in no particular order:

  • An 18-year-old is injured following a drive-by shooting in Tacoma;
  • A Puyallup man is arrested for first degree murder when sheriff’s deputies search his blood-soaked apartment for links to a missing man;
  • A 16-year-old is in custody after a fatal stabbing in Renton;
  • Two people are wounded in a Seattle shooting;
  • A stabbing melee in Olympia leaves two men hospitalized;

In other words, it was a

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Nov.
29th

The tragic relativity of time

Three years is a long time.

Since 2009, I have watched my youngest teenager add a foot in height, seen our economy rise from the ashes and struggled to make sense of the politics behind our embittered national election.

Reading the paper this morning, I recalled another horrific milestone now three years in our rearview mirror. On November 29, in 2009, four Lakewood police officers were shot and killed in a Lakewood coffee shop.

We all know the brutally tragic story of Sergeant Mark Renninger and Officers Mark Richards, Tina Griswold and Ronald Owens. I remember hearing the news, the

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April
3rd

Allowing Josh Powell to remain free a failure of the system?

On Friday, the court unsealed the evidence amassed during the investigation into Susan Powell’s disappearance. The information contained in the affidavit was overwhelming, especially for those of us who assumed that the investigators and prosecutors involved with the Utah case knew little more than the public.

For many people the decision not to take Josh Powell into custody for the murder of his wife, Susan, appears to have been a systemic failure. That’s understandable, especially in light of the information now available: Susan Powell’s cell phone inexplicably in her husband’s car; her blood on a couch which he had recently scrubbed;

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