Pierce County Prosecutor Lindquist text message case: Still going, defense bills exceed $584,000
Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist’s text messages are back in court again, and taxpayers are still underwriting efforts to prevent their disclosure.
According to the latest figures from the county’s risk management division, the public bill for the long-running legal tussle stands at $584,989 and climbing, with the next stage of court action set for April 7 in Thurston County.
Coupled with other legal bills tied to complaints of misconduct by Lindquist and his subordinates, the collective costs rise to $1.92 million, with no near-term prospects for resolution.
The News Tribune sought comment Thursday from Lindquist regarding the text-message case and other actions. He declined a request to speak over the phone and responded with an emailed statement: “We have a duty to protect the people who protect our community.”