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Is the Death Penalty Finally Dead in Washington State?

Updated: Mar 18, 2019

by James Drew, Tacoma News-Tribune --

The death penalty in Washington state is not quite dead, but it likely will be soon.

The state Supreme Court ruled last year that the death penalty law was unconstitutional because it was “imposed in an arbitrary and racially-based manner.” The high court did not conclude that the death penalty was unconstitutional per se, Latin for “by itself.”

The distinction is critical because it left the door slightly ajar on the death penalty.

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