Sharon Hedlund 
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Re: “A Voice for the Voiceless

Thank you.

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Posted by Sharon Hedlund on 08/30/2015 at 12:10 AM

Re: “League of Justice

Thank you for an informative, even-handed evaluation of the candidates. I will still support my colleague Larry Haskell because he truly knows what we deal with every day in terms of defendants who struggle with abusive/neglectful upbringings, substance abuse/misuse, and mental health issues. Take these defendants out of the equation and you have a very small percentage of for-profit and/or thrill criminals. While I applaud Mr. Beggs desire to fix the majorities' underlying problems, I don't believe he understands how difficult this is in reality nor how impossible it is to achieve as an attorney - whether for the prosecution or the defense. We struggle daily with those who are not interested nor invested in change, or whom lack supportive families and friends to aid their recovery. This does not mean we do not try to motivate them to do so and to build stronger support systems. We use every legal option in our trade. And, in fact, that is what keeps most of us on the job, witnessing the success of those who are able to overcome their adversity.

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Posted by Sharon Hedlund on 10/22/2014 at 7:00 PM

Re: “The People's Court

It is disappointing that you pick a few examples of the thousands of cases successfully prosecuted (and thousands more that are declined for reasons that may never be made public) in the Spokane County Prosecutors Office and label the “Elected” - thus all within his purview - ineffectual toadies. I do not speak for my office but I hope I speak for my profession when I remind voters that the Rules of Professional Conduct specifically bar prosecutors from extrajudicial commentary regarding active investigations and cases. There is a pretty good reason for this prohibition – fairness to the accused. We are not allowed to inflame public opinion lest we want to deal with trials moved to other counties, reversals on appeal and sanctions … or worse … from the Washington State Bar Association. Larry Haskell came back to our office in 2013 when the opportunity arose to change our leadership. Yet you dismiss his 42 year history of public service as “status quo” without even considering his record on its own merits. Your readers deserve better than what you have presented.

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Posted by Sharon Hedlund on 10/09/2014 at 7:25 PM

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