Death penalty outlawed in Washington state

Politics 10/11/2018, 6:09 PM
Death penalty outlawed in Washington state

The Supreme Court of the state of Washington ruled unanimously on Thursday that capital punishment on its territory is not in accordance with the state's Constitution.

The decision in the case of a murder from 1996 converted death sentences of eight people in the state who were awaiting execution into life in prison. According to five justices, the practice is both arbitrarily applied and "racially biased." Since 2014, it has been under a moratorium ordered by the Democratic Governor Jay Inslee.

Besides Washington, 19 more states in the US, mostly in the north, do not permit capital punishment, including New York.

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