Fascinating info: How UW research convinced our state’s highest court to toss out the death penalty

Some of my previous posts to my blog have provided information about the Washington State Supreme Court’s UNANIMOUS decision in October 2018 that the death penalty is UNCONSTITUTIONAL because of its long pattern of racial bias.
I followed this case after having heard the main defense lawyer speak to an audience in Tacoma in May 2016. We expected a decision that autumn, but the prosecution delayed the case by getting their own “expert witness.” In the end, the U.W. professors’ research convinced the Washington State Supreme Court to rule our state’s death penalty unconstitutional based on their research proving a long pattern of racial bias in jury sentencing.
This article — https://magazine.washington.edu/feature/death-penalty-washington-state/?fbclid=IwAR0C73JtbRpfMpzKe2C9z9uUQU289CWdS3FavIgRmY1bnVPobf625IubBOktakes you step by step through the fascinating process.
This is yet another example of using smart research and smart statistical analysis to uncover truth that other people have missed. We can indeed change the world if we are savvy and persistent and practice good scientific research methods.
I encourage people to read this article!




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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at https://parallaxperspectives.org He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093 glen@parallaxperspectives.org