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DEATH: Justice for vulnerable adults hard to come by

Letter by Irving Bernstein, Fox Island on Oct. 26, 2010 at 4:52 pm with 3 Comments »
October 27, 2010 2:05 am

Vulnerable adult abuse and neglect is a serious and growing problem (“Justice for his brother,” TNT, 10-24). Unfortunately, vulnerable adult abuse and neglect goes unreported. When it is reported, the complexities associated with investigating and prosecuting these crimes make it difficult to hold the caretakers, supervisors and for-profit corporations like Aacres, LLC accountable.

The vulnerable disabled adults in our county and state deserve the protection of the criminal justice system. These cases are not easy to prosecute. They require perseverance, preparation and dedication. Fortunately, Mark Lindquist, Phil Sorenson, and Mary Robnett have these traits. Together we must protect our vulnerable disabled adults.

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  1. elderjustice2010 says:

    Irving, we totally agree and are sympathetic.

    Our elder parent endured over a year of abuse and exploitation without any assistance from APS. And DSHS shoved the case under the rug after a politically active family member knocked on DSHS’s door. We believe every prosecutor and law enforcement official should be required to take vulnerable adult/elder abuse classes in this state similar to CLE classes. Knowing that the Pierce County Prosecutor does not have one Elder Abuse prosecutor unlike King County is disturbing given all the crimes of elder abuse in this county alone.

    The person who abused the elder has a vulnerable adult protection order on him, but he still works with patients at Western State Hospital (a DSHS employee).

    Sorry for your loss, but this is a much bigger issue one that should start with the elected leaders in this county. Either we take elder abuse and abuse of vulnerable adults seriously or we do not.

    This is our one voting issue this November. Elder voters should take note who will protect their interests. From our experience, no one in Pierce County.

    God Bless

  2. elderjustice2010 says:

    Voting NO to Mark Lindquist. His office does not prosecute for elder abuse and exploitation.

    Voting NO to Mark Lindquist. Mr. Lindquist does not have one prosecutor dedicated to elder abuse. Unlike King County, who has a dedicated prosecutor on the forefront of these crimes, our prosecutor in Pierce County does not

    Voting NO to Mark LINDQUIST. He is no friend of the elderly.

  3. I would think King county has more resources to hire a prosecutor dedicated to elder care abuse.

    Anyhow, I didn’t see any elder care abuse in the article. What I did see is a lack of money to pay for air conditioning and a lack of understanding relating to the medications and heat.

    The difficulty of caring for the mentally ill, the infirm, and the fact that we don’t have unlimited money, makes me believe that we have to expect bad things will happen occasionally. So I don’t see an easy solution.

    Anyhow, relatives have a duty to check on their relations frequently to make sure they are receiving care and providing some of that care themselves.

    Clearly, the government can’t do everything.

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