Thursday, December 11, 2008

Washington: Prosecutor Calls for Clemency

Today, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, who helped write the State's three strikes law, will argue for the release of Steven Dozier, an individual who was sentenced to life in prison because of the law. Dozier's third strike came on February 1, 1994, when he knocked a 69-year-old woman to the ground, punched her in the face and grabbed her wallet. An automatic life sentence followed. Satterberg, who has spoken to Gov. Christine Gregoire about the case, says the three strikes law "was a reaction to a high rate of violent crime" in the early '90s. But, a "life sentence for a purse-snatching is a disproportionate punishment." In a letter to the chair of the State's Clemency and Pardons Board, Satterberg also says Dozier "has expressed remorse of his crimes many times over the years." The woman Dozier attacked, now 85, opposes his release. See article here.

UPDATE: It is now reported that, after a two hour meeting, the State Clemency and Pardons Board this morning voted 4-0 to recommend that Dozier be released from prison. See article here.

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