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Second ex-deputy vies to oust prosecutor

Steve Tucker has a new challenger in the race for Spokane County prosecutor. Chris Bugbee, a 42-year-old Republican who worked six years as a deputy prosecutor, announced his bid Wednesday to unseat his former boss. He joins fellow Republican David Stevens and Democrat Frank Malone in what is now a four-way race for the position.

Lawyer to assess charging process

A longtime Florida prosecutor will visit the Spokane County prosecutor’s office next month to look for ways to speed up charging decisions. Criminal justice consultant David Bennett said Wednesday that attorney Randy McGruther will conduct the study May 3-5.

Third challenger enters Spokane prosecutor’s race

Steve Tucker has a new challenger in the race for Spokane County prosecutor. Chris Bugbee, a 42-year-old Republican who worked six years as a deputy prosecutor, has announced his bid to unseat his former boss. He joins fellow Republican David Stevens and Democrat Frank Malone in what is now a four-way race for the position.

Tucker’s office to be reviewed

Spokane County commissioners agreed Tuesday to pay for an outside review of the prosecutor’s office. Commissioners gave consultant David Bennett $5,000 to bring in a yet-to-be-identified Florida prosecutor to analyze Prosecutor Steve Tucker’s office.

Spouse of prosecutor’s race donor facing charges

A candidate for Spokane County prosecutor has accepted a $500 campaign contribution from the wife of a man being prosecuted by the office he wants to oversee. Records show that Republican prosecuting attorney candidate Dave Stevens accepted the donation in February and has kept the money despite knowing that the contributor’s husband, David Elton, faces three counts of felony harassment.

Tucker tepid about office review

Prosecutor Steve Tucker doesn’t know the guy’s name or where he’s from, but he’s hoping that the “professional prosecutor” found by a consultant can help Spokane County solve a worsening problem of releasing crime suspects back into the community because his office is unable to file necessary paperwork. “I’m not too much in favor of hiring more consultants,” Tucker said. “That money could be used hiring attorneys back and getting them back to work here.”

Everything slips past city’s finest

Cpl. Clark returns to address your concerns about cops, courts and crime. Q: Every time I pick up the newspaper I see something about excited delirium. What the heck is it?

Deadlines bedevil Spokane County prosecutor’s office

Efforts to reduce Spokane County’s jail needs through swift justice have hit a “significant roadblock” in the prosecutor’s office, commissioners were told Tuesday. Once again, jail consultant David Bennett told commissioners, the prosecutor’s office is regularly failing to file formal charges within 72 hours.

Forgery case fuels debate on signature-gatherer rules

OLYMPIA – Before Dennis O’Shea took his own life, he placed a box on the seat of his car with a note asking whoever found his body to deliver the documents inside to his friend and former colleague Steve Tucker. About two weeks earlier, the petition-signing phase for Initiative 985 had concluded and nearly 300,000 signatures were turned in for the proposal to open carpool lanes and synchronize traffic. O’Shea – a former Spokane County deputy prosecutor-turned-professional signature-gatherer – already had flagged about 40 names among those gathered to qualify I-985 for the 2008 ballot that he suspected were phony. State and local elections officials had been alerted and were investigating possible forgeries.

Petition forgeries spark Legislative debate

OLYMPIA – Before Dennis O’Shea took his own life, he placed a box on the seat of his car with a note asking whoever found his body to deliver the documents inside to his friend and former colleague, Steve Tucker. About two weeks earlier, the petition-signing phase for Initiative 985 had concluded and nearly 300,000 signatures were turned in for the proposal to open carpool lanes and synchronize traffic. O’Shea – a former Spokane County deputy prosecutor-turned-professional signature-gatherer – already had flagged about 40 names among those gathered to qualify I-985 for the 2008 ballot that he suspected were phony. State and local elections officials had been alerted and were investigating possible forgeries.

Memo on legal work in RPS case surfaces

A lawyer with the state attorney general’s office who provided a legal review of an investigation into a fatal 2006 River Park Square garage crash believed his review was being used “for political cover,” according to a memo written by David Savage, the ex-husband of the woman who died in the incident. In the memo to himself, Savage, an attorney who worked on the civil case against River Park Square, discusses details of a phone call between him and Scott Marlow, the lawyer who handled the examination for the attorney general’s office.

Weighing in

The 2010 election is still nearly nine months away but the early posturing in the race for Spokane County prosecutor brought a flurry of reaction from readers, with some calling for incumbent Steve Tucker’s resignation over the firing of one of his deputies and ballot box rival Dave Stevens and others suggesting anyone who bad-mouths the boss should expect dismissal. Here’s a sampling of comments posted at www.spokesman.com. TrueGOP: Tucker is such an absent-minded individual. Does he not realize that this decision of his just proved to Spokane County that David Stevens was correct?

Prosecutor challenger fired

Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker fired one of his election rivals Wednesday in a move his opponent immediately labeled political retaliation. Tucker met with Deputy Prosecutor Dave Stevens early in the day and gave him a choice of remaining on unpaid leave until the August 17 primary election or termination, after Stevens announced earlier this month his intention to challenge Tucker. Stevens chose termination, Tucker said.

Prosecutors’ spat a delightful study in self-defeat

Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker has axed his political rival and deputy prosecutor, Dave Stevens. Nice knowing you, Dave.

Spokane prosecutor says firing ‘a management decision’

Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker fired one of his election rivals Wednesday in a move his opponent immediately labeled political retaliation.

Democrat joins prosecutor race

A Democrat is joining the race for Spokane County prosecutor. Longtime local attorney Frank Malone is officially launching his bid to challenge Prosecutor Steve Tucker today. Meanwhile, Tucker is scheduled to meet today with Deputy Prosecutor Dave Stevens, who was suspended earlier this month after Stevens announced his own bid to run for prosecutor.

Race for prosecutor’s office getting crowded

A Democrat is joining the race for Spokane County prosecutor.

Now you don’t see the prosecutor, now you do

Although I’ve never met the man (that I can recall), I can’t tell you how grateful I am to Dave Stevens. Stevens provided an invaluable service the other day by jogging my memory banks.

Tucker places Stevens on leave

A Spokane County deputy prosecutor who announced this week that he’s running for his boss’s job has been placed on paid leave and faces possible discipline. Prosecutor Steve Tucker said his complaints against David Stevens are “obviously” connected to Stevens’ decision to challenge him in the August primary, but he declined to specify further, citing contract rules.

Deputy prosecutor vying for boss’s job put on paid leave

A Spokane County deputy prosecutor who announced this week that he’s running for his boss’ job has been placed on paid leave and faces possible discipline.