Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Washington Governor Halts Executions

WASHINGTON GOVERNOR HALTS EXECUTIONS - Drip lethal injections are inhumane. You gotta go with a French press. Seattle Times: "Gov. Jay Inslee is calling a moratorium on executions while he is governor. 'Equal justice under the law is the state’s primary responsibility,' Inslee said during a news conference Tuesday morning. 'And in death penalty cases, I’m not convinced equal justice is being served.' Inslee said there was 'too much at stake' in death penalty cases in what he termed an 'imperfect system.' Inslee cited the high cost of trials and appeals, the apparent randomness in which death penalties are pursued and concerns that executions do not deter crime as reasons for his decision. Inslee said he is not asking the state Legislature to abolish the death penalty...There are currently nine men on Washington’s death row. He said that if a death penalty case crosses his desk for action, he will issue a reprieve, which will potentially only be in effect while Inslee is governor. He said he does not intend to commute any death sentences...When questioned, Inslee acknowledged the moratorium may not necessarily save money, particularly since appeals will still likely be filed. However, the move could prompt county prosecutors to not seek the death penalty in some cases, thus realizing some savings." [Seattle Times]

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