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Burke Sleeps at Work while Others do the Work

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First, he drifts in Monday around 10 AM, grumpy, no doubt from his drive from his Tacoma home, then he stumbles and grumbles throughout the week until Friday, which is the docket day for felony matters. Rather than handling a case he sits there, and at times sleeps there, while others work. Week in and week out this is his routine until this election year, when, rather than representing the county, he leaves around 11 AM to campaign. He claims to return, but no one sees any evidence of work, or of his return.

Even when, as was the case today, a little girl faced the man who molested her, he was more concerned with your vote than the case. Burke drifted in only long enough to tell his assistant prosecutor to call if there was a verdict and then off he went to ask for your vote, again on your time.

So rather than taking the important case or supporting the novice prosecutor thrown into the mix, he tells him to call him and then leaves to campaign. This is simply obscene and unacceptable. The assistant prosecutor that was left handling the case never even called the officer who investigated this crime to the stand and having only recently moved to the area, he was left to pick a jury without the help of the prosecutor, David Burke, who has been here for 20 years.

So, while he allows those supporting his campaign to talk about unfounded allegations, let there be no mistake, Mark was the prosecutor in the office who returned the respect of the judge, the attorneys and the police back to the prosecutor's office.

David relied on him, and for good reason. That's why everyone who has seen these two men work have asked you to support Mark McClain. Please don't let Burke do this to another victim.

ZOE SOWA

Raymond

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