OLYMPIA — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson released the following statement on the state Supreme Court’s decision today in State v. Gregory, ruling that the state’s death penalty is unconstitutional:
“Washington’s Supreme Court issued an important decision today. The court recognized that Washington state’s death penalty is broken. We should act quickly to remove the death penalty from state law once and for all. Next session, I will again propose legislation repealing the death penalty, replacing it with life in prison without the possibility of parole.”
Ferguson first proposed bipartisan legislation in 2017 to abolish the death penalty in Washington state.
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