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Oregon's death penalty is unjust, this former chief justice says

 Edwin J. Peterson, 39th Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court

Edwin J Peterson, former Oregon Chief Justice, states "In 1978 and 1984, along with most Oregon voters, I voted for and supported the death penalty initiative that reinstated the death penalty in Oregon. Today I don’t. Oregon’s death penalty system is dysfunctional, expensive, unworkable and unfair. Even supporters of the death penalty - I was one – should vote to end the Dickensian system we have in Oregon."

Salem Statesman Journal: Haugen verdict refocuses effort

Gary Haugen appears in Marion County Circuit Court to pursue his request to reinstate his death sentence despite a reprieve from Gov. John Kitzhaber

Now that the Oregon Supreme Court upheld his reprieve of Gary Haugen’s death sentence, Gov. John Kitzhaber and others say they can proceed with a broader but politically difficult effort to abolish Oregon’s death penalty.

Oregon Supreme Court denies death row inmate Gary Haugen's bid for execution

Oregon Supreme Court denies death row inmate Gary Haugen's bid for execution

Death row inmate Gary Haugen cannot legally force Gov. John Kitzhaber to carry out his execution, the Oregon Supreme Court decided Thursday.

Colorado: Governor. Hickenlooper grants temporary reprieve of death sentence

John Hickenlooper signed Death Penalty Reprieve Executive Order

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an Executive Order today that grants Nathan J. Dunlap, also known as Offender No. 89148, a temporary reprieve from his death sentence.

OADP Response to Salem Journal Editorial on Haugen Case

Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP)

OADP Response to Salem Journal Editorial on Haugen Case

Salem Journal Editorial: Haugen's death penalty case becomes political circus

Gary Haugen death-penalty case has turned into a political circus

It is time to let Gary Haugen die. His death-penalty case has turned into a political circus that neither serves justice nor compels Oregonians to confront the barbarianism of capital punishment. The Oregon Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in the bizarre, long-running case in which Haugen wants his execution to proceed but Gov. John Kitzhaber has stopped it.

West of Memphis: An examination of a failure of justice: Coming to Oregon Theaters in March. Discounts available.

West of Memphis - a movie showing a true mistake in the American justice system.

West of Memphis is an examination of a failure of justice. This documentary film tells the hitherto unknown story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light. Told and made by those who lived it, the filmmakers' unprecedented access to the inner workings of the defense, allows the film to show the investigation, research and appeals process in a way that has never been seen before.

Oregon prison executive testified in Maryland death penalty repeal debate

Frank Thompson - former superintendent of the Oregon State Prison

Former superintendent of the Oregon State Prison (OSP), Frank Thompson, recently testified before both chambers of the Maryland legislature as they debated the repeal of the death penalty.

Maryland Assembly votes to repeal death penalty

Maryland legislature voted to abolish the death penalty

The Maryland legislature voted Friday to abolish the death penalty, which would make the state the sixth in as many years to end capital punishment and add to a canon of liberal policies recently embraced by state leaders.

Gary Haugen plea for execution: Don't let him over-rule governor, state warns

 Gary Haugen plea for execution- Don't let him over-rule governor

If Gary Haugen prevails in his bid to be executed, the Oregon Supreme Court would essentially be vesting the death-row inmate with authority greater than the constitutional power given to the governor, a lawyer for Gov. John Kitzhaber warned Thursday.

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