It’s been eight years since Washington state executed anyone, and they swear never to do it again:
Washington has become the 20th US state to ban the death penalty, after its Supreme Court ruled the punishment was applied in an “arbitrary and racially biased manner.”
The eight people currently on death row in the northwestern state immediately had their sentences commuted to life.
The court’s 9-0 decision was fine with the governor:
We know that zip code and race are likely determinants of whether an accused criminal is sentenced to death. There has been nothing equal, or fair, or just, about that.
— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) October 11, 2018
Justices of the Washington court are chosen by popular vote.