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Governor Gregoire made right call on killer’s freedom

Post by Brian O'Neill on Dec. 18, 2010 at 2:40 pm with 2 Comments »
December 18, 2010 2:41 pm

In the last year, Governor Gregoire has attended the funeral for each and every police officer slain in the line of duty. She has mourned alongside us and shook the hands of family members.  That fact was foremost in my mind as I read about Gregoire’s decision to deny parole to Jerry Dean Lain.

The Trib article graphically described Lain’s assault on former Richland P.D. Officer Mike Fitzpatrick. Lain stabbed him seven times, took his weapon and shot him twice. He wedged the muzzle under Fitzpatrick’s body armor for the first shot; the second was fired under the officer’s chin.

Is there anybody who would question Lain’s murderous intent?

That Fitzpatrick survived at all, much less recovered and continues to work in law enforcement today, should be considered nothing short of miraculous. That fact, however, should have absolutely no bearing on a decision to release a cop-killer whose only mistake was botching the job.

Governor Gregoire recognized Lain for what he is. And where he should stay.

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  1. Novelist3 says:

    Sounds to me like she’s trying to prevent what very well could result in a redux of Maurice Clemmons.
    Damn good decision if you ask me.

  2. scott0962 says:

    I often disagree with the governor’s politics but I must admit my opinion of her went up when I heard she made time to attend every slain officer’s funeral. That’s a very thoughful gesture on her part when it would be so easy to claim pressing state business prevented her from attending such emotionally charged events.

    Kudos to Governor Gregoire for the display of leadership and support for our law enforcenment community and their families and for keeping a viscious murderer behind bars.

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