In issuing a blanket suspension of executions during his term, Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday shielded himself from a future run-in with one of the toughest decisions his job can produce.
Just ask former Gov. Mike Lowry.
Lowry, a liberal Democrat and fierce death-penalty foe, faced the question of giving clemency in a 1994 case that forced him to balance his philosophical views with the realities of a brutal case. Eventually, he allowed triple-murderer Charles Campbell to be hanged.
On Tuesday, he said it was in some ways the most difficult thing I did as governor.
Its not a decision that a human should really have to make, he said. I really think that its a question that falls beyond what I consider is our ability as human beings to really comprehend.