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Want Justice Reform?  Vote James Erb.

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Bottom line, you don’t elect the heir apparent - the chosen one - if you want change and reform. The world does not work that way. Eric Richey IS the problem. He has been #2 in the department for 10 years. He was chosen by McEachran as his successor. He is endorsed by those who like the present justice system in our county.

James Erb is highly qualified with solid experience in criminal and civil prosecutions. He has served in other jurisdictions and is not embedded in the corrupt good ol boy network of our Whatcom justice system. Erb is the outsider who has lived here for over 10 years - long enough to fully understand our situation. He is assistant attorney for the city of Bellingham, giving him a front row seat to the shenanigans we all want to change.

Richey has been parroting Erb during the campaign. He was told by his advisors to repeat whatever reforms Erb proposes. This to confuse us voters. It may work.

It is sooo very simple.

If you like the present system of justice (injustice really) in Whatcom County then vote Eric Richey.

If you want to change and reform our Whatcom County justice system then vote James Erb.

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About John Servais

Columnist • Fairhaven, Washington USA • Member since Feb 26, 2008

John started Northwest Citizen in 1995 to inform fellow citizens of serious local political issues that the Bellingham Herald was ignoring. With the help of donors from the beginning, he has [...]

Comments by Readers

Sam Crawford

Nov 02, 2018

Here’s an excellent review of Mr. Erb’s experience from a member of the Whatcom County Public Defender’s Office:

www.whatcomprosecutor2018.com

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John Servais

Nov 02, 2018

Readers should know that the Public Defenders office is a department of the county Prosecutor’s office.  The county Prosecutor signs their paychecks.  He has sway in their job security.  He is their boss.  This is not an independent opinion in any way.  The review writer has his paycheck signed by McEachran.  

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Satpal Sidhu

Nov 02, 2018

John, Great job writing a clear and crisp reasoning, as always.

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Sam Crawford

Nov 02, 2018

 Whoa, John! That is not true!  Although the Whatcom County Public Defender is funded by county government, the office is an independent agency separate and apart from the prosecutor’s office and the courts. By the way, all county paychecks are signed by the County Executive.

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John Servais

Nov 02, 2018

Indeed, I errored.  The payroll checks are signed by the executive.  

It is strange that a county paid public defence attorney is doing opposition research on Erb in an effort to aid Richey to be elected head prosecutor.  All the more reason for us to elect James Erb.  Something is fishy with this website with public defenders involved in the prosecutor’s campaign.  Now why would that be? 

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Sam Crawford

Nov 03, 2018

The attorney from the Public Defender’s office is openly acknowledging his position, but speaking for himself as any citizen is able to do.

He feels he has “a dog in this race”, because he works daily with his clients negotiating with the Prosecutor’s office, and isn’t looking forward to dealing with inexperienced leadership over there.  He has done the research because he really cares.

Nothing more or less than that, and not strange at all.

In my decade-and-a-half of sitting on the County Council, I gained tremendous respect for the hardworking legal minds on both sides of the prosecutorial/defense establishment serving us in Whatcom County.

Mr. Erb is a thoughtful and well-spoken man (more eloquent at times than Eric Richey), and this Prosecutor race has been a needed exercise in debating critical criminal justice issues. As you may surmise, after considering the positions and experience of both candidates, I’ve concluded Mr. Richey is the best person for the job. FWIW, I’ve never personally met either of the candidates.

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