Letters to the Editor

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Tag: judicial system

March
18th

JUDICIAL SYSTEM: Don’t let child rapist out

Re: “Rapist to get out for cancer treatment” (TNT, 3-14).

Former Buckley City Councilman Randy Reed, 55, convicted of raping a 7-year-old child and molesting two teenage girls, is sentenced to only one year in the county jail. Now he is being released six months early so he can receive cancer treatment.

For once, I am almost at a loss for words. What is this society coming to? We as responsible citizens can’t stand up and demand justice and protection for our children from child predators? Have we become so complacent for the concerns of someone that we don’t

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Nov.
15th

JUDGES: County Council should reverse decision

Re: “Pierce County flips on judges” (TNT, 11-14).

After reading that the Pierce County Council had voted to include the county prosecutor on the committee recommending judicial appointments for District Court, I wanted to send you a cartoon. It would be of the prosecutor standing next to Lady Justice with his thumb upon one of the scales.

Unfortunately, I have no artist talent. If you have someone on staff who wants to draw the cartoon, you are free to do so. I expect nothing in return, which, unfortunately, may not be the case when the prosecutor makes a recommendation.

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Nov.
15th

JURY DUTY: Why haven’t I been summoned?

Re: “Wants to serve, not called” (letter, 11-9).

I also wonder what the process is for soliciting prospective jurors in Pierce County. I was born in Tacoma and raised in Puyallup. For the past 40 years, I have been a resident of Puyallup/Pierce County. I served once as a juror for the Puyallup Municipal Court, but I have never been summoned for duty by Pierce County.

I would gladly serve as a juror for Pierce County. It is one of my civic duties.

I have been a registered voter since I was eligible and have no criminal record. What

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Nov.
14th

JUDGES: Flip-flop based on misinformation

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.”

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Nov.
14th

JUDGES: Council’s move has political undertone

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

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June
3rd

COURTS: Gay softball is a judicial matter?

Re: “Softball league can limit nongays, judge says” (TNT, 6-3).

In a time when we’re firing teachers, seemingly unable to manage tolls properly and have no money to provide basic health care to children, we have the time and the federal organization to adjudicate whether organizers of a gay softball tournament held in 2008 were correct to vacate the second-place finish of a team because that team included too many bisexuals.

Are you kidding me!?

I believe everyone has the right to live the lifestyle they choose and society has a

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