Death penalty aban­doned

Otago Daily Times - - WORLD WEEKEND -

Washington DC: Washington be­came the 20th US state to abol­ish cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment when its Supreme Court struck down the death penalty yes­ter­day, say­ing in a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion that its ap­pli­ca­tion was ar­bi­trary and racially bi­ased.

‘‘The death penalty, as ad­min­is­tered in our state, fails to serve any le­git­i­mate peno­log­i­cal goal,’’ the Washington Supreme Court said.

Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee tweeted, ‘‘Equal jus­tice is a hall­mark of democ­racy and as­sur­ing equal jus­tice is the state’s re­spon­si­bil­ity. I’ve long been con­vinced that the death penalty in the state of Washington does not pass that test.’’ — Reuters

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