WA State Supreme Court strikes down death penalty

Today Washington’s state Supreme Court unanimously ruled that capital punishment is unconstitutional in Washington state.  Washington becomes the 20th state in the union without the death penalty.  The eight prisoners currently on death-row will have their sentences changed to life in prison.

According to the opinion of five justices, the “death penalty is invalid because it is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner.”

Governer Jay Inslee’s statement on the ruling.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s statement on the ruling.

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