Prosecutors from across the state are sounding off about Governor Jay Inslee's moratorium on the death penalty. Many of them are upset at the lack of discussion with those responsible for trying those cases.
Inslee said he included prosecutors in the discussion. Prosecutors want to know which ones?
"I would think that before you make a decision that is important, and that you say is difficult for you, you might want to talk to some of the people at least about that decision, on what your were contemplating,” said Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe. “I don't think that happened.”
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg’s office feels the same way.
"As the elected prosecutor of the largest county in the state, Mr. Satterberg was not asked to have a conversation about the issue or even asked for his thoughts on the matter,” said spokesperson Ian Goodhew. “He was simply informed a day before hand what had been decided."
Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist was also not consulted, but says the decision didn't surprise him.
"I know Governor Inslee and I know his moral ethical and practical concerns about the death penalty are deeply felt,” said Lindquist. “So I was not surprised by this announcement."
Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer even sent an email to the governor, stating: "I am curious as to which prosecutors, specifically, you spoke to regarding this issue?"
KING 5 reached out to all the prosecutors in the state and heard back from 28 of them.
None of them say they were consulted by the governor or his staff except for one: Kitsap County.
Prosecutor Russell Hauge said they spoke about death row inmate Jonathan Gentry, who killed a 12-year-old girl in 1988. It is the next case that could come before the governor.
"We did talk generally about the death penalty,” said Hauge. “But I wasn't told about the moratorium or what his course of action would be. I learned about that at the time of the press conference yesterday, along with everyone else."
Inslee said he had no second thoughts about his decision or how he made it.
"I'm at peace with this decision,” said Inslee. “I respect everyone’s viewpoints on this. But our state needs to move forward with an equal cost effective system that does deter crime.”
Prosecutors say if the governor had notified them earlier, they would have had more time to contact surviving family members of the victims of death row inmates, to make sure those families were prepared for the announcement.