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Hairy Jello 02-11-2014 05:30 PM

Washington state Gov. Inslee suspends death penalty
 
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Washington state Gov. Inslee suspends death penalty | Fox News

Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to "join a growing national conversation about capital punishment."

The Democrat said he came to the decision after months of review, meetings with family members of victims, prosecutors and law enforcement.

"There have been too many doubts raised about capital punishment, there are too many flaws in this system today," Inslee said at a news conference. "There is too much at stake to accept an imperfect system."

Inslee said that the use of the death penalty is inconsistent and unequal. The governor's staff briefed lawmakers about the move on Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Inslee's moratorium means that if a death penalty case comes to his desk, he will issue a reprieve, which isn't a pardon and doesn't commute the sentences of those condemned to death.

"Nobody is getting out of prison, period," Inslee said.

Last year, Maryland abolished the death penalty, the 18th state to do so and the sixth in the last six years.

Nine men await execution at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. The state Supreme Court just last month rejected a petition for release from death row inmate Jonathan Lee Gentry, sentenced for the murder of a 12-year-old girl in 1988. Gentry could be the first execution in the state since September 2010, when Cal Coburn Brown died by lethal injection for the 1991 murder of a Seattle-area woman. A federal stay had recently been lifted in Gentry's case, and a remaining state stay on his execution was expected to be lifted this month.

The decision by the governor comes following a recent decision by the state Department of Corrections, which is in the process of changing its execution protocol to allow witnesses to executions to see the entire process, including the insertion of intravenous catheters during a lethal injection.

The new witness protocol, currently a draft that is in its final stages of approval, includes the use of television monitors to show the inmate entering the death chamber and being strapped down, as well as the insertion of the IVs, which had both previously been shielded from public view.

Through public disclosure requests, The Associated Press had sought information about any potential changes to the execution protocols. State corrections officials spoke with the AP about the new procedures late last month.

The change is in response to a 2012 federal appeals court ruling that said all parts of an execution must be fully open to public witnesses. That ruling was sparked by a case brought by The AP and other news organizations who challenged Idaho's policy to shield the insertion of IV catheters from public view, in spite of a 2002 ruling from the same court that said every aspect of an execution should be open to witnesses.

Mikeyy 02-12-2014 09:15 AM

Re: Washington state Gov. Inslee suspends death penalty
 
It doesn't hurt my feelings. As long as a killer is taken out of society and not allowed back that works for me. I know there are those who have bloodlust and I understand it. But am fine with throwing them in a hole.

Manitou 02-12-2014 09:46 AM

Re: Washington state Gov. Inslee suspends death penalty
 
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Originally Posted by Mikeyy (Post 637442)
It doesn't hurt my feelings. As long as a killer is taken out of society and not allowed back that works for me. I know there are those who have bloodlust and I understand it. But am fine with throwing them in a hole.

It is not bloodlust. It is a reckoning. The dead have nobody to speak for them. I know if somebody murdered me, I would want violence and death done to the responsible SOB. I have no answer for bleeding hearts who wring their clothes, gnash their teeth, and rip out their hair for condemned scumbags who murder innocent people.

faithful_servant 02-12-2014 09:53 AM

Re: Washington state Gov. Inslee suspends death penalty
 
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday announced the suspension of the death penalty in Washington state. Currently, there are nine death row inmates in the state. Here's a brief look at the cases:

—ROBERT LEE YATES: Authorities say Yates is a serial killer responsible for the deaths of more than a dozen women, many in Spokane. Yates was convicted in 2002 for the murders of 24-year-old Melinda Mercer and 35-year-old Connie LaFontaine Ellis. Both killings were committed in Pierce County. He's been on death row since 2002.

—CONNER MICHAEL SCHIERMAN: He was convicted in the stabbing deaths of 28-year-old Olga Milkin, her sons, 5-year-old Justin and 3-year-old Andrew, and her sister, 24-year-old Lyubov Botvina, and of burning their Kirkland home. Milkin's husband, Leonid, was in Iraq at the time of the slayings. "What he did to my family, the same thing should happen to him. I'm very comfortable with (the death penalty)," he told the Bellevue Reporter in 2010. Schierman has been on death row since 2010.

—ALLEN EUGENE GREGORY: Gregory was originally convicted and sentenced in 2001 for the 1996 rape and murder of 43-year-old Geneine "Genie" Harshfield in Pierce County. His case was overturned by the state Supreme Court in 2006. The original charge was upheld in retrial and the death sentence was reissued in 2012.

—BYRON SCHERF: Scherf was convicted of killing correctional officer Jayme Biendl by strangling her with an amplifier cord inside a chapel at the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe in January 2011. Scherf, a convicted rapist, was in prison serving a life sentence. "I've been waiting 137 days exactly to hear those words that he's got the death penalty," Biendl's sister, Lisa Hamm, told reporters in 2013 after his death sentence. "I'm going to continue to count until he's finally dead."

—JONATHAN LEE GENTRY: He was found guilty of fatally bludgeoning 12-year-old Cassie Holden in Kitsap County in 1988. He's been on death row since 1991.

—CLARK RICHARD ELMORE: Elmore was convicted in the murder and rape of 14-year-old Christy Onstad, the daughter of his then live-in girlfriend, in Whatcom County. He's been on death row since 1996.

—DWAYNE A. WOODS: Woods was convicted for the 1996 double murder of 22-year-old Telisha Shaver and 18-year-old Jade Moore in Spokane County. He's been on death row since 1997.

—CECIL EMILE DAVIS: Davis was convicted for the murder of 65-year-old Yoshiko Couch by suffocating her with a poisonous substance. He's been on death row since 1997.

—DAYVA MICHAEL CROSS: Cross was convicted for the 1999 stabbing deaths of his 37-year-old wife, Anouchka Baldwin, and stepdaughters 15-year-old Amanda Baldwin and 18-year-old Salome Holle in King County. He's been on death row since 2001.

A look at Washington's death row inmates | Northwest News | The Bellingham Herald

Mikeyy 02-12-2014 10:17 AM

Re: Washington state Gov. Inslee suspends death penalty
 
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Originally Posted by Manitou (Post 637446)
It is not bloodlust. It is a reckoning. The dead have nobody to speak for them. I know if somebody murdered me, I would want violence and death done to the responsible SOB. I have no answer for bleeding hearts who wring their clothes, gnash their teeth, and rip out their hair for condemned scumbags who murder innocent people.

Right, Revenge. If I am dead I am dead.

MrLiberty 02-12-2014 10:29 AM

Re: Washington state Gov. Inslee suspends death penalty
 
I think it should be up to the family of the victim as to whether or not to seek the death penalty.


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