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December 13, 2008 at 4:14 PM

Justice: Dozier recommended for clemency

Three strikes, you’re in

What great news about Stevan Dozier, three-striker, being recommended for clemency by the Clemency Board [“Board recommends clemency for three-times offender,” News, Dec. 12].

The three-strikes law was sold as removing the “worst of the worst” from society. But many people don’t understand how the severity of crimes are defined in Washington state. There are 16 levels of severity. At the top is level 16: aggravated murder. That’s the severity level of the 48 murders committed by the Green River Killer who was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Robbery 2, which are Dozier’s three crimes are a level 4. Other crimes at level 4 are posing as a licensed insurance agent and influencing the outcome of a sporting event. And, if you commit three Robbery 2’s, you get the same sentence as the Green River Killer.

What’s wrong with this picture? Today we saw evidence that people do care about fairness in sentencing.

— Lea Zengage, Seattle

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