- Associated Press - Sunday, March 12, 2017

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Legal bills now total more than half a million dollars in a long-running court case over whether Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist must release text messages under Washington state’s public records law.

Lindquist has been involved in a long-running public records fight with a former sheriff’s detective. The state Supreme court has ordered him to disclose any messages on his personal phone that were work-related, but Lindquist has maintained the messages are private communications made outside of the scope of his employment.

The News Tribune in Tacoma (https://bit.ly/2mfHmE6 ) reports that according to the latest figures from the county’s risk management division, the public bill for the long-running legal tussle is now more than $584,000.

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

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