Racism uncovered

The Supreme Court in the northwestern US state of Washington on Thursday ended use of the “racially biased” death penalty and immediately converted all death sentences to life imprisonment. Washington, where there have been no executions since 2010, becomes the 20th state in which executions are banned.
The death penalty is not unconstitutional “per se,” but it is “invalid because it is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner,” the state’s top court unanimously ruled. The death penalty has been “unequally applied, sometimes by where the crime took place, or the county of residence, or the available budgetary resources at any given point in time, or the race of the defendant.”

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