2Oth STATE ABOLISHES ‘RACE-BIASED’ DEATH PENALTY
WASHINGTON state has abolished capital punishment after its supreme court ruled its enforcement was “arbitrary and racially biased”. The last US state with a working gallows, Washington has not carried out an execution since its governor imposed a moratorium in 2014.
It is the 20th US state to abolish the penalty. Chief justice Mary Fairhurst wrote: “It is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner ... unequally applied — sometimes by where the crime took place ... budgetary resources, or race of defendant.”