by Michael Ames, Retired (26 yrs.) Detective, Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept., Camano, WA
Re: Joan Mell for Ravalli County Attorney
I have known Joan for approximately 15 years. She is a well-known supporter of police and a go to attorney for police officers. I retained her to represent me to defend the work I did in a criminal investigation. In that case, the county attorney’s office wanted to withhold the evidence I found that the suspect in the case was arrested without probable cause. The prosecutor’s office refused to bring this evidence to the court’s attention to free the individual. To silence me, the prosecuting attorney’s office put me on a “Brady” list saying I was being untruthful. As a result, I hired Joan Mell. She saved my reputation and got me off the “Brady” list, which restored my police credibility. Joan has been a huge advocate for other police officers like me who have been wrongfully accused of dishonesty by corrupt officials who do not care about the truth.
Joan and I have remained friends since my retirement, and I was glad to see that she has decided to devote her work as a lawyer to her fellow Montanans. Joan has strong Republican values, and she is pro police. She is
straightforward, assertive, and can protect her community from civil lawsuits and bad government policies. I have no doubt, Joan will make the safety of your community her top priority!