Victories: Clemency


RESULT  |  Unanimous vote for release by Clemency Board – December 7, 2017

Seattle Clemency Project from June Films on Vimeo.

A man was convicted of his third strike in 1994 under the “Three Strikes You’re Out” law passed in Washington in 1993.  He was drug addicted and had committed a string of robberies by pretending to have a gun in his pocket.  In reality, he had no weapon and none of his victims were injured, though he pushed one onto the ground in a robbery where he grabbed her money bag as she was on her way to make a deposit at the nearby bank.  The man was convicted of his third “strike” offense and was sentenced to a life sentence without the possibility of parole.  After filing a clemency petition on the man’s behalf and presenting his case to the Clemency Board, the Board unanimously voted to grant the man early release.

Jennifer Horwitz in defense of client Dwight Griffin