Death Penalty
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Tennessee death row inmate chooses electric chair

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 11/02/18, 11:45 am

Tennessee used the electric chair for the first time since 2007, executing double-murderer Edmund Zagorski Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his request for a stay. Zagorski, 63, was pronounced dead at 7:26 p.m. at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, becoming only the second person in the state to be executed by electrocution since 1960. He was convicted for killing two men during a drug deal decades ago and had been on death row for 34 years.

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The dwindling death penalty

Compassion | Washington joins states that ban the practice over racial bias concerns
by Rob Holmes
Posted 10/17/18, 04:01 pm

Washington followed 19 other states to end capital punishment last week as the death penalty experiences a nationwide decline in use. The state Supreme Court unanimously struck down capital punishment last Thursday as unconstitutional, racially biased, and arbitrary.

Washington’s eight prisoners currently on death row will have their sentences commuted to life in prison with no parole, The Seattle Times reported.

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Washington state ends capital punishment

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/11/18, 01:01 pm

The Washington state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the death penalty violates the state’s constitution.

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