In State v. Monfort, a six justice majority of the Washington Supreme Court emphasized that prosecutors need only make a “subjective determination” about whether a defendant should be executed before filing the notice required to seek the death penalty at trial.  The Supreme Court criticized a trial court for “going beyond the question of whether the county prosecutor had his reasons” and striking a death penalty notice on the basis that the prosecutor’s investigation was inadequate.  Three justices concurred, agreeing that the death penalty notice should be reinstated, but argued that prosecutors must have an objectively reasonable basis for seeking the death penalty.

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After an extended hiatus, we are reviving the Notice of Appeal blog and shifting its focus.  Previously, we attempted to analyze noteworthy decisions on a weekly basis as they were issued by the Washington Supreme Court and the Washington Court of Appeals.  Moving forward Notice of Appeal will concentrate on the Washington Supreme Court’s docket,