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Prosecutor race won’t include Corey (this year)

Post by Kate McEntee / The News Tribune on June 9, 2010 at 8:49 am with No Comments »
June 9, 2010 8:49 am

Reporter Adam Lynn posted this Tuesday on the Lights & Sirens blog:

Tacoma defense attorney Barbara Corey won’t run for Pierce County prosecutor this year.

There has been speculation that Corey, a former deputy prosecutor, might jump into the race since she won a $3 million jury verdict against the county for wrongful termination and defamation in 2008.

The county, which lost one appeal of the verdict, has asked the state Supreme Court to review the case.

Corey told The News Tribune today she won’t abandon her clients to make a run for the seat even though she thinks she could do a good job.

“I cannot disappoint the clients who have retained me and whom I have promised to represent,” she said in an e-mail.

Those clients include former Tacoma middle school teacher Harold Wright Jr., whose third-degree rape conviction was overturned by an appeals court recently but is being re-prosecuted for second-degree rape. He’s pleaded not guilty and earlier this year filed a claim for damages against the county for wrongful prosecution.

She left open the possibility of running in 2014.

Current Prosecutor Mark Lindquist and one of his deputies, Bertha Fitzer, had filed to run for prosecutor as of this afternoon.

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