Re: “Pierce Council flips on judges” (TNT, 11-14).
I smell a rat. There is another axiom that states, “If ain’t broken, don’t fix it.”
I’m totally opposed to the decision made by our Pierce County Council to add the prosecutor to the panel that fills judicial vacancies. This decision has a deadly political tone to it; if we follow the smell it will lead us to the person or persons who are so politically motivated that they are trying to manipulate the judicial system, hoping this will secure his or her future in politics.
This climbing the ladder in politics by any means necessary has no place in our judicial system. This decision, no matter how Prosecutor Mark Lindquist so eloquently put it, gives the perception of a biased judiciary system. Lindquist’s statement seems to suggest that the persons who have been a part of this process are not capable of selecting hard-working, knowledgeable judges for “our community.” This type of language has racist implications.
The legal community believes this decision to be a pernicious move on the part of the Pierce County Council. We must call on outside help to investigate the legality of this decision.
(Christopher is senior pastor of Shiloh Church and president of the Tacoma Branch NAACP.)