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Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, is right about one thing: The Troy Kelley trial besmirched the office of state auditor [“State Auditor Troy Kelley acquitted of one charge; jury cannot agree on 14 others,” Local News, April 27].

But it wasn’t Kelley who brought on the trial — it was overzealous, political trophy-hunting federal prosecutors. Those attorneys, seeking to advance their careers at the price of denying the citizens of Washington the services of their duly elected state auditor, need to be punished.

So U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell: You, who recommended the appointment of the U.S. attorney for Western Washington, what are you going to do about this waste of some $10 million in taxpayers’ money? What are you going to do to restore any confidence in the proper administration of justice?

And you, Gov. Jay Inslee: What are you going to do now? Maybe apologize for jumping the gun and presuming guilt?

And all of you, state representatives so quick to talk about impeachment: Will you now actually spend some time, like the state Senate is, digging into real malfeasance?

The wrong person has been dragged through the mud these past months.

James L. King, Olympia