Wash­ing­ton state abol­ishes death penalty

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Wash­ing­ton has be­come the 20th state to ban the death penalty, af­ter its Supreme Court ruled the pun­ish­ment was ap­plied in an “ar­bi­trary and racially bi­ased man­ner.” The eight peo­ple cur­rently on death row in the north­west­ern state im­me­di­ately had their sen­tences com­muted to life in prison. A to­tal of 23 peo­ple were ex­e­cuted in the U.S. last year, but Wash­ing­ton has not car­ried out the death penalty since 2010.

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