Letter from OADP Advisory Council Member: Capital punishment makes us all barbarians

Dr. Hugo Bedau, a long-time professor of philosophy at Tufts University, died earlier this week ( New York Times , August 17, 2012, p. B14). He was
born in Portland. Professor Bedau devoted much of his career to the systematic, rigorous and socially conscious study of the death penalty and

Jeff Ellis, Oregon Capital Resource Center: We shouldn't execute Gary Haugen until we finish the death penalty debate

August 10, 2012 Imagine a death row inmate who is unquestionably ineligible for a death sentence. That person might be intellectually disabled. Or, he may be severely mentally ill. Now, imagine that the governor attempts to remedy this miscarriage of justice through his constitutional clemency power.

Judge rules inmate Gary Haugen, seeking execution, has right to reject governor's reprieve

Friday, August 03, 2012 Death row inmate Gary Haugen won a legal battle Friday against Gov. John Kitzhaber when a judge ruled he could reject the governor's reprieve of his execution and move forward in his efforts to die by lethal injection.

OADP Statement on Judge Alexander’s Decision on Haugen Execution

Aug. 5, 2012 Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP) is expressing disappointment with the decision of State Senior Judge Timothy P. Alexander in the latest round of Gary Haugen hearings. We feel that the Governor is totally within his right to declare a moratorium on executions. And, we believe that this decision will be overturned upon appeal.

Arkansas Supreme Court declares execution law unconstitutional, siding with death row inmates

June 22, 2012 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the state's execution law Friday, but did not deem lethal injection or the death penalty unconstitutional. Read More

Oregon State Bar Bulletin: Let the Debate Begin

Read interviews with four attorneys including Jeffrey Ellis, Director of the Oregon Capital Resource Center and death penalty oppoent, and Josh Marquis, Clatsop Country District Attorney and death penalty supporter, and an examination of the complexities of the issue. Read More

The wrong Carlos: how Texas sent an innocent man to his death

A few years ago, Antonin Scalia, one of the nine justices on the US supreme court, made a bold statement. There has not been, he said, "a single case – not one – in which it is clear that a person was executed for a crime he did not commit. If such an event had occurred … the innocent's name would be shouted from the rooftops."

Jurors spare Brian Bement from death sentence, vote for life without parole

May 11, 2012 Washington County jurors spared Brian Bement from the death penalty Friday and voted to impose a sentence of life in prison without parole. Read More

Eugene Register Guard: Until justice is absolutely fair, abolish death penalty

Wednesday, May 2, 2012   In April, Connecticut became the fifth state in five years to abolish the death penalty. In Oregon this past December, Gov. John Kitzhaber placed a moratorium on all executions, citing his refusal “to be a part of this compromised and inequitable system any longer.”

Connecticut governor signs bill to repeal death penalty

The Associated Press  Wednesday, April 25, 2012  HARTFORD, Conn. — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy quietly signed a new law Wednesday that ends the state's death penalty for future crimes, making Connecticut the 17th state to abolish capital punishment. Read More

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