Part II of this article examines the United States Supreme Court's recognition of the importance of mitigation evidence in capital cases. Part III then focuses on the role of mitigation evidence in Washington's death penalty scheme. The following section, Part IV, addresses the public policy implications when mitigation evidence is not presented. Finally, Part V proposes changes to the current sentencing procedure in Washington involving capital crimes.
Mary Pat Treuthart, Anne Branstad, and Matthew Kite, Mitigation Evidence and Capital Cases in Washington: Proposals for Change, 26 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 241 (2002).