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Washington Supreme Court Strikes Down Death Penalty Citing Racial Bias

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Washington Supreme Court Strikes Down Death Penalty Citing Racial Bias
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Supreme Court handed down a decision today that outlaws the death penalty, making it the 20th state in the country to reject capital punishment.In State v. Gregory, the court found that the death penalty violates the constitution because it is arbitrary and discriminatory, especially with regards to race. Black defendants in Washington are more than four times as likely to be sentenced to death as white defendants. That racial bias, along with geographic and economic bias, is endemic to the death penalty.
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