Opinion: King County can’t afford status quo from prosecutor’s office

With the residents of King County preparing to choose a new county prosecutor now that the incumbent is retiring after 15 years, it’s important to look at the state of public safety in our area.

The headlines we read every day tell the stories of communities in crisis, held hostage by an office that refuses to fulfill the basic duty of the job: prosecuting crime. Today, there is a backlog of nearly 5,000 felony cases that are languishing, at least half of them violent crimes. And as our community…

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