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 punishment...is 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

News

Judges’ Dissents for Death Row Inmates Are Rising

By JOHN SCHWARTZ -- It took just 80 words for a federal appeals court to deny Kevin Cooper’s most recent plea to avoid execution. But attached to that order was a forceful 101-page dissent by a judge, all but pleading to spare Mr. Cooper’s life. “The State of California may be about to execute an innocent man,” it began. The judge who wrote the dissent, William A. Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, argued that the police and prosecutors had withheld and tampered with evidence in the case for decades; Judge Fletcher even accused the district court of having sabotaged the case.

Oregonian: Texas judge ended day as death row appeal waited

As lawyers frantically tried to file the last-minute appeal that could have halted the execution of a death row inmate, the Texas judge who oversaw the only court who could hear it was preparing to shut the doors for the day. "We close at 5," Judge Sharon Keller told a court staffer Sept. 25, 2007. The appeal was never heard, and four hours later, convicted killer Michael Wayne Richard was executed. Now it's Keller who will be before a judge, facing charges that could end her career in a special trial that begins Monday in San Antonio.

Press Release: Oregon Peace Works Supports Abolition

Oregon Peace Works Steps Up in Support of Abolition - Joining several secular and religious organizations, Oregon Peace Works has reaffirmed a position against Oregon’s death penalty.

Press Release: More Mistakes Found In Death Row Convictions

Within the past two weeks two more men have left a death row prison, found innocent after serving years for crimes that did not commit. These two exonerations mark #134 and #135 since 1973, and five already in the first seven months of 2009. “The five exonerations this year demonstrate that innocent people still face a significant danger of execution in this country”, said Richard Dieter, Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center.

Catholics and the Death Penalty

Are you concerned about the Death Penalty in Oregon?

We invite you to attend this free Workshop especially for Catholics...

April 23, 2009 Editorial: 'Can Oregon Afford the Death Penalty?'--as School Funding is Reduced

An editorial The Daily Astorian, contrasts the state’s use of funds for the death penalty to the state's reduction in funding for education.  “The glaring contrast to our unquestioning spending on the death penalty - which Judge Lipscomb called ‘this largely futile attempt’ - is our disinvestment in education,” the paper noted.  “Investment in education is about the future, and it is about hope. Investment in prisons and especially in the death penalty is about a final reckoning, an admission of gross failure.

April 19: Oregonian Report: Can Oregon afford the death penalty?

In 1988, 18-year-old Randy Lee Guzek became the youngest person in Oregon history on death row.  Today, Guzek has another distinction: Oregon's most expensive death row inmate. The taxpayers' tab for Guzek's legal bills stands at $2.2 million -- and it's still growing.

Read the full article here:

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/04/can_oregon_afford_the_d...

 

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