McKenna on KIRO: Repealing Washington’s death penalty

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about his presence at a bipartisan press conference on Monday, where Republican and Democrats backed a bill requested by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to repeal Washington’s death penalty.

Dave Ross: “Have you ever changed your mind about something of that magnitude before?”

Rob McKenna: “I don’t know. Certainly in the criminal justice arena, this is probably the biggest shift that I’ve experienced, and as I said, it was a long time coming…

“And I’ve realized over the years, when I think about the fact that [Gary] Ridgway, who more than anyone I can think of deserves the death penalty, has not been and will not be executed…you know what, that’s OK. He’s rotting in solitary confinement in Walla Walla, he gets out of his cell one hour a day, and in some ways I think that’s a worse punishment than being put to death.”

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