Russ Feingold

It's just really tragic that after all the horrors of the last 1,000 years, we can't leave behind something as primitive as government sponsored execution.

-Russ Feingold

Aberon Waugh

The main objection to killing people as a that killing people is wrong.

-Aberon Waugh

Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun

From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.

-Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun

John Donne

Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.

-John Donne

Helen Prejean

Government... can't be trusted to control its own bureaucrats or collect taxes equitably or fill a pothole, much less decide which of it's citizens to kill.

-Sister Helen Prejean

Kitzhaber Urges Death Penalty Vote, Legislative Leaders Lukewarm

Kitzhaber Urges Death Penalty Vote

January 15, 2013 - SALEM, Ore.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is urging state lawmakers to send voters a measure to ban capital punishment. But in a meeting with reporters Tuesday, legislative leaders showed little enthusiasm for taking up the hot button issue.

When the governor put a moratorium on the death penalty in November of 2011, he also called on the legislature to debate the issue. With this year’s session now underway, the Governor didn't mince words when reporters at the state capitol asked him what he wants the legislature to do.

"I would like to replace the death penalty with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole," Kitzhaber said.

That would require a statewide vote, since the death penalty is currently in the Oregon Constitution. Nearly a dozen lawmakers—mostly Democrats—have signed onto a proposal to put such a question on the ballot. Its sponsor, Portland Democrat Mitch Greenlick, says he's confident the legislation will succeed. But in the same meeting with reporters, legislative leaders couldn’t even say whether the idea would get a vigorous debate. Either way, Kitzhaber says his moratorium will last as long as remains governor.

Northwest News Network



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