[ Full disclosure — I agree utterly with the ACLU — Capital Punishment “inherently violates the constitutional ban against cruel and unusual punishment and the guarantees of due process of law and of equal protection under the law…” ]
“When the state Supreme Court threw out the death penalty the other day, the justices’ opinions naturally focused on weighty constitutional questions, about equal rights and the proportionality of punishment in our criminal-justice system. But most of the four-year-long case that led to the landmark ruling was consumed by a far less lofty question: Is Katherine Beckett legit? …” Who, you ask? That’s what she was wondering. “I had no idea that my work, or questions about my competence, would become so central to a constitutional death-penalty case,” Beckett told me Friday. “So to have it come out the way it did … it was exhausting and suspenseful, but in the end, extremely gratifying.”
- Beckett, Katherine, and Heather Evans. “Race, Death, and Justice: Capital Sentencing in Washington State, 1981-2014.” Colum. J. Race & L. 6 (2016): 77.
- Death penalty struck down by Washington Supreme Court, taking 8 men off death row[Originally published October 11, 2018, Seattle Times. Article by Christine Clarridge and Lewis Kamb, Seattle Times Staff Writers]
- IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON (State v Gregory).
State v. Gregory, No. 88086-7, 2018 WL 4925588 (Wash. Oct. 11, 2018).
- SUBMISSION OF THE STATE’S EXPERT’S CURRICULUM VITAE AND REPORT ON THE RELIABILITY OF THE METHODOLOGY AND CONCLUSIONS OF THE BECKETT REPORT ON THE ROLE OF RACE IN WASHINGTON CAPITAL CASES