Washington state ends ‘racially bi­ased’ death penalty

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Milwaukee Wisconsin -

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s Supreme Court unan­i­mously struck down the state’s death penalty Thurs­day, rul­ing that it had been used in an ar­bi­trary and racially dis­crim­i­na­tory man­ner.

Washington has had a mo­ra­to­rium on ex­e­cu­tions since 2014, but the rul­ing makes it the 20th state to do away with cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment by leg­isla­tive act or court de­cree. The court con­verted the sen­tences of the eight peo­ple on Washington’s death row to life in prison.

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