Misconduct, Money, and Manuel Ellis

Mary Robnett complaint: The Governor, the Tacoma Mayor, and community members are pressuring her about the killing of Manuel Ellis.

Reality: One of Mary Robnett's top financial donors was Steve Penner. He is a former deputy prosecutor who committed "prosecutorial misconduct" in the case against Darcus Allen, the alleged getaway driver for Maurice Clemmons. The Washington State Supreme Court found Penner "repeatedly" misled the jury. His misconduct was so "flagrant and ill-intentioned," the high court reversed the conviction. Penner was demoted before Robnett became prosecutor. He helped her campaign. Robnett aligns herself with police and prosecutors with misconduct issues.

Now she is refusing to review the conduct of the officers involved in the death of Manuel Ellis in Tacoma. The Medical Examiner ruled the death was a homicide. The Governor authorized the Attorney General do the prosecutor's job.


Robnett's decisions are based on politics. You can email or call her at the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office. She is refusing to review the conduct of the officers involved in the death of Manuel Ellis in Tacoma.

Robnett has Two Faces

Mary Robnett complaint: The Prosecutor’s Office is “political.”

Reality: Mary Robnett tells progressives she’s a progressive. She tells conservatives she’s a conservative. She’s a politician who will say anything.

She tells police unions she will be "tough on crime" and says she will support them if they will support her.

She also tells criminal defense attorneys she will support them. She accepted nearly $100,000.00 in political donations from criminal defense attorneys and their families.

Prosecutor and politician Mary Robnett will say anything

In Facebook ads Robnett tells progressives she’s a progressive and tells conservatives she’s a conservative. She's a politician who will say anything.

Robnett Opposes Openness

Mary Robnett Complaint: Pierce County government isn't open with public records.  

Reality: Mary Robnett sent emails to an employee of the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office and instructed him to destroy or hide emails.

"Delete your email... If you delete (and then delete your delete) it will take some real effort to look if they still exist."

She sent these emails from her government computer at the Attorney General’s Office to a Pierce County government computer.

Under R.C.W.40.16.010,  it is a felony crime to "destroy or conceal" a public record such as emails. Robnett was under investigation by the Washington State Bar Association for this alleged crime.

Mary Robnett instructs public employee to destroy or hide public records

Robnett instructed a public employee to destroy or conceal emails.

Robnett Turns Blind Eye to Misconduct

Mary Robnett Complaint: Pierce County Prosecutor's Office had cases reversed by the higher courts.

Reality: Of the 15 cases Robnett cites, 12 were reversals that happened under her supervision. When she was the Supervisor of the Special Assault Unit, she allowed PowerPoint presentations that the Supreme Court labeled “prosecutorial misconduct.” Since Robnett quit the office in 2012, hundreds of cases went to trial and reversals went dramatically down. 

Her political campaign includes supporters such as former deputy prosecutor Steve Penner, who commmitted "flagrant and ill-intentioned" prosecutorial misconduct in the Darcus Allen case involving the murder of four police officers.

Mary Robnett was responsible for 12 cases of prosecutorial misconduct under her supervision

After Mary Robnett quit the Prosecutor's Office, reversals for "prosecutorial misconduct" went dramatically down.  

Robnett Costs County Money

Mary Robnett Complaint: Pierce County spends too much money defending against complaints.

Reality: Robnett was involved in seven frivolous bar complaints filed by Steve Merrival against former colleagues. The complaints were reviewed by the Washington State Bar Association and dismissed.

Robnett was also involved in frivolous ethic complaints against former colleagues that were dismissed by the Pierce County Ethics Commission. 

These failed complaints were filed for political purposes and cost the county more than a quarter of a million dollars to defeat. Now she complains about the expenses caused. Pierce County can’t afford a politician like Mary Robnett who is willing to make or encourage false accusations for political purposes. 

Mary Robnett was involved in false complaints Steve Merrival filed against colleagues

Steve Merrival, seated with Robnett, filed complaints with false accusations against former colleagues. The complaints were dismissed.

Robnett Conflicts of Interest

Mary Robnett’s complaint: Pierce County fights lawsuits instead of settling.

Reality: The Prosecutor's Office serves as legal counsel to the County Council, which has authority over lawsuits. Robnett has accepted large political donations from two plaintiffs who are currently suing the county, creating a conflict of interest if she is elected Prosecutor. 

These two plaintiffs have filed more than 20 complaints and lawsuits against the county and their former colleagues. The plaintiffs have donated $4,000.00 to Robnett's political campaign and their attorney has spent more than $10,000 on Robnett's campaign. They stand to profit at taxpayer expense if Robnett is elected.

Mary Robnett is supported by Steve Penner who committed prosecutorial misconduct on one of the biggest cases in Washington.

Mary Robnett's conflicts of interest include taking political donations from people suing the county.

Robnett is Old School Politician

Mary Robnett is a politician with a lots of complaints, lots of conflicts, and lots of controversy. 

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