Author Archives: mlee

TNT, Sean Robinson, Wednesday September 10th, 2014

Public Records:

TNT, Sean Robinson, Wednesday September 10th, 2014: Loss for Prosecutor, Court: Cellphone not private if used for public business, Call records and text messages from Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist’s personal mobile phone aren’t private if they’re related to public business.  The idea drives a unanimous ruling issued Tuesday by the Washington State Court of Appeals.  Joan Mell, the attorney for sheriff’s Deputy Glenda Nissen, who filed the lawsuit that spawned Tuesday’s ruling, said she and her client were elated.  “The decision is sound and a huge victory that protects against government operating behind closed doors or offline,” Mell said.  “We hope the prosector immediately turns over his work-related texts and call log so the public can see he is indeed transparent and using public resources wisely.”

TNT, Ken Miller, Monday December 15th, 2014

Education:

TNT, Ken Miller, Monday December 15th, 2014: Graduation “miracle”? Don’t don party hats yet.  You may recall school staff raising this issue in September.  And some took advantage of a new state law that authorizes “re-engagement centers.”  Ah, yes, an enchanted place, where potential and current dropouts find an “alternative learning environment” – and are taken off the books.  You may recall school staff raising this issue in September.  They said their school was “forcing” students into the re-engagement center to improve graduation rates.

TNT, Sean Robinson, Friday August 1st, 2014

Law Enforcement:

TNT, Sean Robinson, Friday August 1st, 2014, $118,000 Judge’s reversal means ex-deputy won’t pay fees.  Pierce County prosecutors lost a round this week in a long-running legal battle with a retired sheriff’s deputy seeking to clear his name….Mell said “Detective Ames and I will continue all the way up as needed to make sure the prosecutor is accountable to police officers and their advocates.”

TNT, Sean Robinson, The Case of Four Little Words, Sunday June 22nd, 2014

Law Enforcement:

TNT, Sean Robinson, The Case of Four Little Words, Sunday June 22nd, 2014: A bitter fight over child porn evidence pits Pierce County prosecutors against a former detective. “As a police officer I have taken an oath to uphold the law, and to be truthful and honest even when doing so may conflict with the wishes of the Prosecuting Attorney.” Deputy Mike Ames, in a legal declaration.