Letters to the Editor

Hot air in Ridgway case

I read the Aug. 16 news article titled “Money may save Ridgway’s life.” I have a couple of things to discuss:

1. Norm Maleng, in his 20-plus years as King County prosecuting attorney, has never prosecuted a death penalty case. So why should he start now? With this in mind, this eliminates the need for a plea-bargain. Bottom line: Maleng uses the death penalty threat simply to get information, thus making all his grandstanding for the media just that –– more political hot air.

2. I was under the impression, based on stories reported in the local news, that Ridgway’s “lead” attorney was hired by his family. This being the case, why is the public paying for a privately hired attorney and staff? The reason is that no one in power has the guts to say, You hired him, you pay him.

Mike Maine

Federal Way

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