Washington Supreme Court rules ‘arbitrary and racially biased’ death penalty unconstitutional
In a unanimous decision Thursday, the Washington state Supreme Court ruled the state’s death penalty unconstitutional because it “is administered in an arbitrary and racially biased manner” in the words of Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst, who wrote the court’s opinion. The eight inmates on death row in Washington will have their sentences converted to life imprisonment. The decision adds the Evergreen State to the roster of 19 other states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico that have no capital punishment.
Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, who imposed a moratorium on the death penalty in 2014 on the same grounds as the court ruled, said of the decision:
“Today’s decision by the state Supreme Court thankfully ends the death penalty in Washington. The court makes it perfectly clear that capital punishment in our state has been imposed in an ‘arbitrary and racially biased manner,’ is ‘unequally applied’ and serves no criminal justice goal. This is a hugely important moment in our pursuit for equal and fair application of justice.”
The US is way behind many other countries in terms of advancing true democracy, human rights, and dignity. When will people wake up to this fact and ‘catch up’ to the rest of the world? The death penalty makes no sense at all, not even logically.
If killing someone is a sin, then why murder someone who is guilty of murdering someone? Making a law that legalizes murder does not excuse the murder in any way, shape or form on a spiritual level.
It is a well known fact that some people convicted of murder are not guilty of anything more than racism, bigotry, or via a prosecutor trying to advance their career and look ‘tough’. Why murder innocent people on death row?