Bill proposes abolishing Wash. death penalty - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Bill proposes abolishing Wash. death penalty

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Lawmakers are considering a bill that would abolish the state's death penalty.
     
The Senate Judiciary Committee heard public testimony on the measure Friday. Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, is sponsoring the bill and told the committee that the death penalty is ineffective, expensive, unequal and inhumane.
     
No opponents of the bill testified at the hearing.
     
It seems unlikely that the death penalty elimination would pass the Legislature this year. In 2006, the state Supreme Court narrowly rejected a constitutional challenge of the death penalty.
     
Eight men are on the state's death row.

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