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Oregon's Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and death sentence of Michael Washington. The Gresham, Oregon man is on death row for the 2004 murder of Mohamed Jabbie, an immigrant from Sierra Leone.

Update at 8:19 p.m. ET. Execution Fails:

According to reporters tweeting from inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma, the execution of Clayton D. Lockett has failed. Lockett died of a heart attack after the execution was aborted.

The execution of Charles Warner, which was supposed to take place at 9 p.m. ET., was stayed by Corrections Director Robert Patton.

According to the AP reporter on the scene, about 34 minutes after the execution was scheduled to begin, Lockett was still conscious.

An Eye For An Eye: Did It Make The World Blind?

Apr 9, 2014
Thane Rosenbaum's book, "Payback."

Steve Scher talks with Thane Rosenbaum, author of "Payback: The Case For Revenge," about how we view the phrase "an eye for an eye" and the role of revenge in our current justice system.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Kitsap County Prosecutor Russ Hauge on his support for the death penalty.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Eldon Vail, former Washington Department of Corrections Secretary, about why he supports Governor Jay Inslee's decision to suspend the death penalty.

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Governor Jay Inslee puts a halt to executions and initiates a debate about the future of capital punishment in Washington state. Meanwhile, state transportation officials continue to explore the cost overruns as repairs to Bertha are expected to take months. And the housing community reviews Seattle's affordability issue.

Steve Scher talks with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and news analyst Joni Balter about this week's top stories.

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Marcie Sillman speaks with Karil Klingbeil, whose sister was murdered in 1981, about why she's pleased with the Governor Jay Inslee's suspension of the death penalty. Candy Hemmig was killed by Mitchell Rupe, whose appeals process was so lengthy that he died in prison of natural causes in 2006.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Tim Ford, lawyer and former president of Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, about how Washington state has used the death penalty in the past.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Roe, one of 39 county prosecutors in the state, about his concerns regarding Governor Jay Inslee's decision to halt executions.

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Governor Jay Inslee’s announcement of a de facto moratorium on the death penalty on Tuesday has been making waves through the state.

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Marcie Sillman and Ross Reynolds hear from reporters and interested parties in response to Governor Jay Inslee's moratorium on the death penalty in Washington state.

Jay Inslee's Facebook page.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued a moratorium Tuesday on the use of the death penalty in Washington state during his term.

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Former death row inmate Darold Stenson was sent back to prison yesterday for the murder of his wife, Denise Stenson, and business partner, Frank Hoerner.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor's dissent in a case this week involving the death penalty in Alabama was not aimed at public opinion, but it could be Exhibit A for why the nation's judiciary is falling in the public's estimation.

Sotomayor wrote a 12-page dissent when her colleagues refused to review the state's law that allows judges to overrule jury decisions on whether a defendant should be executed. She called it "an outlier" that might contradict the Constitution.

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The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled that King County prosecutors can seek the death penalty against accused police killer Christopher Monfort. 

Monfort is charged with aggravated murder in the shooting death of Seattle police officer Tim Brenton four years ago. The high court also wrote that a King County judge improperly intruded on the prosecutor’s discretion to pursue a capital case.

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