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

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

Jeffrey Ellis is an attorney, the director of the Oregon Capital Resource Center and a member of the board of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

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. However, the condemned man refuses to accept the reprieve or commutation of his sentence to life in prison. Maybe the prisoner would find it shameful to acknowledge that he is "mentally retarded." Or, he may harbor delusional beliefs about the reasons for his execution.

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

Death row inmate Gary Haugen won a legal battle

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. The opinion by Senior Judge Timothy P. Alexander is expected to initiate new adversarial proceedings between the prisoner who volunteered to die and the governor who had a change of heart about capital punishment.

OADP Statement on Judge Alexander’s Decision on Haugen Execution

Oregon State Senior Judge Timothy P. Alexander

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

Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the state's execution law

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 http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/06/22/12357759-arkansas-supreme-cou...

Oregon State Bar Bulletin: Let the Debate Begin

First enacted by statute in 1864, the death penalty was repealed by Oregon voters in 1914 and since then has been restored, outlawed again by voters, re-enacted by initiative, deemed unconstitutional and reinstated by initiative in 1984, the last time the issue came up for a vote. Since Gov. John Kitzhaber's announcement in November that he would not allow any further executions as long as he remains in office, debate over capital punishment has once again become a front-burner issue. Interviewed by Cliff Collins, four Oregon lawyers — all with years of experience in the field — express their diverse opinions about a subject that everyone agrees is complex, difficult and worthy of OSB members' attention.

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

Carlos DeLuna was executed for a crime he did not commit

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

Jurors spare Brian Bement

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 http://www.oregonlive.com/north-of-26/index.ssf/2012/05/jurors_spare_bri...

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

Dr. Todd Huffman of McKenzie Pediatrics in Eugene, OR

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.”

That public response to Kitzhaber’s action has been relatively mute perhaps indicates that the time has come for Oregon to join Connecticut and 16 other states in abolishing capital punishment.

Connecticut governor signs bill to repeal death penalty

Governor Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut Signs Death Penalty Repeal Law

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 http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?A=4010&Q=503122

Measure that would end death penalty in California qualifies for ballot

Measure that would end death penalty in California qualifies for ballot

April 24, 2012
Los Angeles Times

California is set for a major debate on the death penalty following qualification Monday of a November ballot measure that would replace capital punishment with a life term without possibility of parole.

Read More http://articles.latimes.com/2012/apr/24/local/la-me-death-penalty-califo...

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