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Arcan Cetin won’t get death penalty under Gov. Jay Inslee

The Washington State Patrol released an image of 20-year-old Arcan Cetin of Oak Harbor. (DOL)

Arcan Cetin is a bad guy. The alleged Cascade Mall shooter claimed the lives of five innocent people. And as his former classmate Austin Hendrix told me, Cetin was always a bad guy.

“He was a little odd. It was hard for people to get along with him… because of how he would act out,” Hendrix explained. “He groped women and basically harassed women. I have close friends who have been groped by him and harassed by him. He would walk up to them and try to touch them…”

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Now, Cetin will go through the court system, he will almost assuredly be found guilty (at least, based on the evidence currently presented), but he won’t get the punishment he deserves; he won’t get the death penalty because Governor Jay Inslee refuses to enforce the ultimate punishment.

In February of 2014, Inslee suspended use of the death penalty, in order to “join a growing national conversation about capital punishment.”

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“There have been too many doubts raised about capital punishment, there are too many flaws in this system today,” Inslee said at a news conference at the time. “There is too much at stake to accept an imperfect system.”

Inslee has done nothing to change the system. How could he? He’s not a leader. He suspends the use of a system of punishment rather than work to get the practiced banned. He’s an ideologue first, leader last, and now an alleged murderer may live out his long life in a prison cell at our expense.

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