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    Washington Becomes 20th State to End Death Penalty

    The writing is on the wall. Washington state’s Supreme Court unanimously declared Thursday that capital punishment — which had already been put on hold by the state’s governor since 2014 — had been carried out in an “arbitrary and racially biased manner” that violated Washington’s Constitution. While the ruling didn’t declare capital punishment as a concept to be unconstitutional, legal scholars say it’s another inexorable step toward a wider abolition. Nineteen other states have suspended or banned death sentences, which have dropped 85 percent since the 1990s.

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