Washington Supreme Court Declares State Death Penalty Unconstitutional

A unanimous Washington Supreme Court has struck down the state’s capital punishment statutes as violating the state constitutional prohibition against “cruel punishment”. Finding that the death penalty “is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner” the court ruled on October 11 that the “death penalty as administered in our state, fails to serve any legitimate penological goal”. The decision converted the sentences of all eight people on the state’s death row to life imprisonment without the possibility of release. The court’s action makes Washington the twentieth U.S. state to have judicially or legislatively abolished the death penalty and the 8th to have done so this century.

October 25, 2018 - 10:27am

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