The piece notes former Washington Gov. Mike Lowry (1993 to 1997) granted only 1 pardon and 9 commutations of sentence. Gov. Gary Locke (1997 to 2005), on the other hand, granted 66 pardons and commutations. Martin notes "more than half were granted after Locke decided he would not run for re-election in mid-2003." Sen. Adam Kline, a Seattle Democrat who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee says"
"If the safety valve is clemency, and clemency is dependent on the political situation, then what kind of system do we have? Do they depend on not having situations like [the Lakewood police deaths]? Justice has been shut off for a year. What the hell kind of system is that?"Martin also notes Gregoire has already denied seven petitions that won "positive recommendation" from the five-member Clemency and Pardons Board. See story here.