Criminal trials are what garner big headlines for a prosecutor’s office. The bulk of my career has been devoted to criminal law, and one of the best parts of my job is preparing rock-solid cases that hold bad guys accountable and seek justice for victims.
Criminal law may get the headlines, but for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, the civil side is just as important. The prosecutor represents the county in lawsuits and gives county officials advice on legal questions – just like the state Attorney General does for state government.
When you hire an attorney, as the client you should rightly expect your attorney to give you good advice, to steer you clear of trouble, to avoid liability and to save you money. That’s exactly what Pierce County deserves from its lawyer, the Prosecuting Attorney.
That is not what Pierce County and its taxpayers have been getting from Mark Lindquist. His infamous text message case is a great example. An attorney is supposed to keep the client out of trouble. Instead, Lindquist is the cause of the trouble. An attorney is supposed to save the client money. Lindquist is costing his client, Pierce County, significant amounts of money.
Now every taxpayer in Pierce County is on the hook for Lindquist’s bad judgment and bad behavior. You deserve better.