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Lindquist: Tone down the rhetoric in Superior Court dispute

Post by David Wickert on Dec. 16, 2009 at 11:51 am with 5 Comments »
December 16, 2009 11:57 am
Mark Lindquist
Mark Lindquist

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist read my earlier post on a year of political skirmishes in county government. He was struck by a quote from Judge James Orlando, who scolded the County Council last month for its decision to eliminate a Superior Court seat. Orlando said he hadn’t “seen such a blatantly illegal act in my 25 years in practice.”

“Really?” Lindquist told me in a telephone interview this morning. “(What about) murder? Rape?”

The prosecutor’s point: “I don’t think hyperbole fosters good working relationships.”

He noted his own deputy used much more moderate language in challenging the council’s action. “Reasonable minds can differ respectfully over legal issues,” Lindquist said.

Orlando wasn’t the only stoking the fires of political rhetoric this year. Other Pierce County politicians used words like sloppy, pandering and disgusting to describe the actions of their peers. And those are just the words they used in public. It’s one measure of how strained relations have become among politicians in various branches of county government.

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  1. Legal practice which buries the constitutional rights of its individual citizens under rules and bullying may well be the equivalent of rape and can certainly be deadly….

  2. A wise man once told me that if you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, the one that yelps is the one you hit.

    Since then, I have found that it is virtually 100% true in politics (where the thinnest skins are found).

  3. derekyoung says:

    A lot of people thrive on conflict. It’s good to know some in our county government don’t. Thank you Mark.

  4. Then Mr. Lindquist’s office should be prosecuting rape cases! There have been a reduction in rape cases filed since June 2009. One case not filed involved a man fired from the Washington State Patrol for rape in the 90’s and charged in Seattle with stalking etc in 2003. The forensic evidence in this recent case in 2009 was amazing and the detective involved said he had enough EVIDENCE to make the guy plead and the guy was so shady. He as violated the protection order and walked, as so many of the victim’s friends have stated this was a miscarriage of justice and Mr Blinn ought to be fired after some of the comments he made not only to the victim but to other people.

  5. norse1943 says:

    Thank you Mr. Lindquist. Its about time the some modicum of civility returned to the County City Building.

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