Hauge’s KUOW Interview on the Death Penalty

cassie holden
Bremerton Sun, June 14, 1988

Russ Hauge, prosecuting attorney, was interviewed last week on KUOW regarding Gov. Jay Inslee’s death penalty moratorium.


The invitation to discuss the issue followed a guest column in the Seattle Times, written by Brian Moran, a private practice attorney and former Kitsap deputy prosecutor. Moran later went to work for Rob McKenna when he was attorney general. Moran is listed as the “pro” death penalty voice. You can read it here.


Moran was also one of the prosecutors on the Jonathan Gentry case.


Gentry, you may remember, was sentenced to die for the 1988 murder of 12-year-old Cassie Holden. He is the longest serving inmate on the state’s death row.


Filling in for Moran on Ross Reynolds’ radio show was Hauge, who has been defending the verdict in state and federal appellate courts since taking office in 1994.


Although Hauge is being presented as “pro death penalty,” I think his position is more nuanced than that. Judge for yourself. Listen to the interview here.

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