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Topic - Steve Barnett
A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that a Seaside detective brought against the Clatsop County district attorney.
Steve Barnett has been flying unmanned aerial systems for more than 30 years — long before the word "drone" started making global headlines. But now, the 65-year-old Army veteran and model-airplane enthusiast finds himself answering new questions as his hobby gets dragged into a white-hot national debate.
Barnett said he was targeted in retaliation for questioning the need for a jail expansion measure that Marquis backed in a 2012 election and for running for county sheriff against incumbent Tom Bergin, whom Marquis endorsed.
The detective, Steve Barnett, alleged that District Attorney Josh Marquis and his chief deputy, Ron Brown, damaged his reputation and his ability to work as an investigator in retaliation for his political activities.