Applaud Inslee, Utter for death penalty stand

LaceyFebruary 23, 2014 

Re: Death penalty doubts affirmed, The Olympian, Feb. 14. I have long admired the judicial professionalism of former Supreme Court Justice Robert F. Utter. I envy his experiences in his post-judicial work. He and Gov. Jay Inslee have both acted and spoken out against the use of the death penalty in this state, which position I assume is a minority position.

Utter expresses dissatisfaction with the lack of proportionality of the state’s practice. He does comment on its lack of understanding and forgiveness. The practice is expensive It accomplishes nothing in deterring crimes. It is inhumane.

Both Utter and Inslee are to be complemented for speaking out against this practice.

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