This Comment follows the evolution of Washington's capital punishment law through the 1981 legislation and analyzes the two cases that invalidated the 1977 death penalty statute. The Comment favors the reasoning behind the dissenting opinions of Martin and Frampton as more consistent with established principles of statutory construction. The Comment concludes with a discussion of Washington's new capital punishment legislation enacted in response to the supreme court's decisions.
Leonie G. Hellwig,
The Death Penalty in Washington: An Historical Perspective,
57 Wash. L. Rev.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.law.uw.edu/wlr/vol57/iss3/7