- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A public disclosure watchdog group has filed a lawsuit against Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist’s office, joining the throng of litigants claiming misconduct.

The News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1k51zuh ) that Washington Coalition for Open Government filed suit Monday against Pierce County, accusing Lindquist and his staff of violating public disclosure laws.

Coalition President Toby Nixon says the group rarely sues government agencies, but believes Lindquist’s office made such egregious violations that it was necessary.

The News Tribune asked Lindquist for comment, a deputy prosecutor in Lindquist’s office called the lawsuit baseless.

The lawsuit is related to a long-running case involving text messages on Lindquist’s personal phone that has triggered a separate legal battle among Lindquist, County Executive Pat McCarthy and the County Council.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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