Mark Lindquist

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Mark Lindquist is an American lawyer and author. Lindquist is the Prosecuting Attorney in Pierce County, Washington. He was elected in November 2010, after being appointed to the position in a bipartisan and unanimous vote of the County Council on September 1, 2009.

Writing career[edit]

After graduating from the University of Southern California, he worked as a copy writer for a movie studio. His first novel, Sad Movies, drew on this. He went on to write screenplays for several studios and book reviews for The Los Angeles Book Review, The New York Times Book Review, and The Seattle Times, as well as articles for The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Movieline, and other publications. He left Hollywood in the 1990s and enrolled in Seattle University School of Law. After graduating, he became a prosecuting attorney and moved to Tacoma. His third novel, Never Mind Nirvana, followed after this hiatus. According to the author's website, his fourth novel, The King of Methlehem, was published in hardcover by Simon & Schuster in May 2007 and the trade paperback was published in May 2008 by Simon & Schuster.

Law career[edit]

Lindquist's term as Prosecutor has been marked by many reversals of convictions by the Washington state courts—the highest totals of any county in the state. The reversals include several of the alleged accomplices to the 2009 shooting of Lakewood, Washington, police officers, including the alleged get-away driver.[1][2][3]

Based on his performance in office, The Seattle Times, Washington State's largest newspaper, called on Lindquist to resign.[4]

On 8 Sep 2017, the state bar recommended holding a disciplinary hearing for Lindquist based on his TV appearance during an active murder trial.[5]



  1. ^ "State Supreme Court overturns conviction in Lakewood armored-car guard killing," Adam Lynn, The News Tribune, 22 Jan 2015 [1]
  2. ^ "Pierce County prosecutors lead state in cases overturned because of their ‘flagrant’ actions," Adam Lynn, The News Tribune, 19 April 2015 [2]
  3. ^ "Court overturns conviction of Lakewood cop killer’s getaway driver," Jennifer Sullivan, Seattle Times, 15 Jan 2015 [3]
  4. ^ "Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist should resign," Editorial Board, Seattle Times, 26 Dec 2015 [4]
  5. ^ "State bar recommends disciplinary hearing for Lindquist over murder-trial TV appearance," Sean Robinson, Tacoma News Tribune, 15 Sep 2017 [5]

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