Death penalty dropped

Hawke's Bay Today - - World -

Wash­ing­ton state’s Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty vi­o­lates its Con­sti­tu­tion. The rul­ing makes Wash­ing­ton the lat­est state to do away with cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment. The jus­tices said the “death penalty is in­valid be­cause it is im­posed ar­bi­trary and racially”. They or­dered that peo­ple cur­rently on death row have their sen­tences con­verted to life in pri­son. Gover­nor Jay Inslee, a one­time sup­porter of cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, had pre­vi­ously said no ex­e­cu­tions will take place while he’s in of­fice.

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