A protégé of fellow Republican moderate Norm Maleng, the ostensible King County Prosecutor for Life who passed away last year, Dan Satterberg showed himself a

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Dan Satterberg

A protégé of fellow Republican moderate Norm Maleng, the ostensible King County Prosecutor for Life who passed away last year, Dan Satterberg showed himself a stand-up guy shortly after getting elected to his old boss's job last November. He quietly instructed his staff to start looking through old case files of defendants convicted under the "three strikes and you're out" law (which sends certain classes of repeat offenders to jail for life without the possibility of parole). He said he believed that some people may have received excessively harsh sentences—no surprise, given that the law has condemned criminals as lowly as purse-snatchers—and would work for their release through clemency petitions. Needless to say, it's not a move that gains him a lot of mileage among the conservative law-and-order crowd. But, he told the Weekly earlier this year, "it's the right thing to do."—Nina Shapiro

 
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