Death penalty abandoned
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