Washington State Ends Death Penalty, Cites Racial Bias

  • Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) signed a bill on Thursday removing state laws that the Washington state Supreme Court determined are invalid or unconstitutional, effectively abolishing the death penalty .
  • “It’s official. The death penalty is no longer in state law. In 2014 I issued a moratorium. In 2018 the state Supreme Court deemed the death penalty unconstitutional. Now in 2023, passage of SB 5087 strikes it entirely from our statutes,” Inslee tweeted.
  • Substitute Senate Bill 5087, sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Jamie Pedersen with support from Attorney General Bob Ferguson, abolishes multiple unconstitutional statutes, one of them being the death penalty.
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