Re: “Pierce Council flips on judges” (TNT, 11-14).
The article reports yet another flip-flop in the gymnastic event leading up to the selection of the next Pierce County District Court judge. This time the Pierce County Council, without notice, has determined to restore Prosecutor Mark Lindquist’s position on this committee.
Why? As this paper reported, Councilman Roger Bush said the current process is weighted toward defense attorneys because two members come from the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association (TPCBA). Based on this information, he concluded that the committee was “skewed really badly now” and “has a definite sense of unfairness.”
Perhaps Bush and the council as a whole might be interested to know that the TPCBA is comprised of all attorneys, including all deputy prosecutors who want to join, whose memberships are paid in full by the county. Deputy prosecutors Stephen Merrival, Dawn Farina, Grant Blinn and Michelle Luna-Green are on the board of trustees. Lindquist is on the editorial board.
Is membership on the TPCBA “skewed” or “unfair” against prosecutors? Hardly. Sounds like something is, though.