Former Gov. Lowry recalls hard decision to allow execution

The Seattle TimesFebruary 11, 2014 

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.”

“It’s not a decision that a human should really have to make,” he said. “I really think that it’s a question that falls beyond what I consider is our ability as human beings to really comprehend.”

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