Judge’s opinion of deputy prosecutor should carry weight

A recent story in The Herald recounted a 214-page report by Judge Anita Faris regarding a deputy prosecutor withholding evidence in a criminal case (“Excoriated by judge, prosecutor not punished by boss or bar,” The Herald, Feb. 28).

I retired as an employee of Snohomish County Superior Court 22 years ago. One of the judges I worked for at the court was Judge Anna Faris. I always respected her and found professionalism, fairness and integrity of the Superior Court judges were above reproach.

So it was somewhat interesting to me when the report first surfaced regarding Judge Faris and a deputy prosecutor. I was somewhat surprised that the Prosecutor Adam Cornell would back his deputy and basically take a “pot shot” at Faris.

As the recent article unfolded it was reported that this same deputy prosecutor was assigned to District Court cases and accused at least once of being late in providing “discovery” (code of conduct violation) to the defense. Sounds familiar Mr. Prosecutor.

What’s that old saying? “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice…” You know how it ends.

Don Wlazlak


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