The Supreme Court of the state of Washington today unanimously annulled the death penalty as a violation of its constitution and for being "racially biased".
"Given the way it is imposed, the death penalty also does not meet any legitimate penological goal," the judges wrote.
The court unanimously converted the sentences of the eight people sentenced to death to life imprisonment, although the judges differed slightly in their reasoning.
"Today's decision by the Supreme Court of the state luckily ends the death penalty in Washington, and the court makes it perfectly clear that the death penalty in our state has been imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner, and it has been applied unequally without serving as criminal justice, "said Governor Jay Inslee.
"This is a very important moment in our search for a fair and equitable application of justice," added the Democrat.
For his part, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who proposed bipartisan legislation for the first time in 2017 to abolish it, ruled that the death penalty is unconstitutional in the state.
Washington had already frozen its death sentence under an Inslee moratorium in 2014, which ruled that executions would not be carried out while he was governor, but the court order declaring death sentences to life imprisonment is a radical rejection to the same.
The decision makes Washington the twentieth state to abolish capital punishment.