washington - The highest court of the American state of Washington has forbidden the execution of the death penalty. The judges unanimously ruled that the death penalty is applied 'arbitrarily' and in a discriminatory manner.
The state froze the execution of the death penalty in 2014. Washington is now the twentieth state where the punishment is banned. Governor Jay Inslee welcomed the decision of the court. The Democrat wrote on Twitter that the zip code and race of suspects are often factors when deciding whether to receive the death penalty. 'That has nothing to do with equality or honesty. '
Eight prisoners who were still waiting for their execution are no longer put to death. They are given life-long prison sentences. The director of the Death Penalty Information Center concluded that the court has not ruled on whether the death penalty is immoral, but only about whether it can be applied fairly.