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Sep 28, 2007 at 1:01 PM
Just last year, the Washington Supreme Court was divided 5-4 over the death penalty and speculation abounded that prosecutors wouldn't be able to use that tool much longer.
Sep 27, 2007 at 7:16 PM
On Thursday a strong majority of the Washington Supreme Court defended the death penalty from attack on a number of fronts.
Sep 27, 2007 at 8:56 AM
The state Supreme Court on Thursday said it found no error in the trial of Robert Yates, who appealed his sentence for killing two Tacoma women. Yates thought the death penalty was off the table after he pleaded guilty in Spokane to killing 13 other women.
Jul 28, 2007 at 11:34 AM
In an interview early this year, Pierce County Prosecutor Gerry Horne called Washington state's death penalty law a "farce" and suggested it is so ineffective that the Legislature should consider getting rid of it.
Jul 24, 2007 at 9:39 AM
The King County Sheriff's Office has released facial reconstruction photos of three victims of the Green River serial killer, saying that after more than 20 years, detectives have been unable to determine who they were.
Jun 2, 2007 at 2:21 PM
King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng was honored at a public service held at University of Washington's Hec Edmundson Pavilion on Saturday. Maleng died on May 24th after collapsing. He was 68.
May 24, 2007 at 10:06 PM
King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng, one of the longest-serving elected officials in state history and the man who spared the life of the nation's worst serial killer, died late Thursday after collapsing at a University of Washington event.
May 18, 2007 at 5:41 PM
Cecil Davis, who was found guilty of raping, robbing and killing 65-year-old Yoshiko Couch while her invalid husband sat downstairs, was sentenced to death for the second time. The Supreme Court threw out his first death sentence.
Apr 27, 2007 at 11:15 PM
Almost as soon as he was arrested, Gary Ridgway began sending letters to his wife. The notes from the Green River Killer were so sweet and loving that his wife, Judith, was almost convinced that he didn't do it.
Apr 26, 2007 at 11:15 PM
In 2003, Gary Ridgway admitted he was the Green River Killer and confessed to strangling four dozen women. Ridgway's wife, Judith, was stunned by the arrest. The shock and shame drove her into hiding for years.
Feb 14, 2007 at 7:56 PM
Rep. Brendan Williams, D-Olympia, is sponsoring a bill that would bar the state from executing mentally ill defendants whose appreciation for their acts is "significantly impaired." Mentally retarded defendants already are barred from execution.
Jan 31, 2007 at 7:50 PM
King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng's decision this week to seek the death penalty in the slaying of a soldier's family has renewed discussion about whether capital punishment is good policy for Washington state.
Jan 30, 2007 at 8:58 AM
King County prosecutors on Tuesday said they would seek the death penalty against Conner Schierman, who is accused of killing a mother, her sister and her two children, all while the family's father served in Iraq.
Jan 7, 2007 at 12:20 PM
Prosecutor Norm Maleng must decide by the end of the month whether to seek the death penalty for Conner Schierman, who is accused of stabbing a mother, her sister and her two children to death and burning their house to conceal the crimes, all while...
Nov 30, 2006 at 7:19 PM
Lawyers for serial killer Robert Yates have asked the Washington state Supreme Court Thursday to throw out his death sentence and take a new look at the way capital punishment is being meted out.

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