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Report critical of Pierce County prosecutor

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Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist. (Photo: KCPQ)

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — An investigation into whistleblowers’ complaints finds that Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist retaliated against employees and urged “no good deals” for a group of defense attorneys who were critical of him.

The report was released Friday to The News Tribune of Tacoma (http://bit.ly/1Nt7cgf). It stems from two complaints filed by veteran prosecutors on Lindquist’s staff.

The report describes an overriding concern with Lindquist’s public image. It says he promoted favored colleagues with an eye toward getting them elected as judges.

The report dismisses some complaints against Lindquist. It concludes, for example, that he does not preside over a racially hostile workplace. And it takes no position on others.

Lindquist says in a statement that he’s committed to maintaining high standards of public service and making improvements to avoid “misperceptions.”