Thursday, December 21, 2006

Maleng Makes Capital Decision

King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng announced yesterday that he has decided not to seek the death penalty in the case against Naveed Haq, the man accused of the shootings at the Jewish Federation offices this summer. Execution ruled out for alleged shooter, Seattle Times, Dec. 21, 2006.

Although he sees "this crime as one of the most serious crimes that has ever occurred in this city," Maleng found that Haq's long history of mental illness was a mitigating factor. RCW 10.95 covers aggravated murder. The factors to be considered for leniency are in 10.95.070.

See earlier post about Maleng's charging decisions.

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