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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.

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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.

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Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs declares support of moratorum

Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs

Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs wrote a letter to Governor John Kitzhaber expressing support for his courageous declaration of a moratorium to stop all executions in Oregon. The commission wrote the following letter to Governor Kitzhaber expressing gratitude for the courage for the decision and the reasons such a moratorium is important.

Op-Ed: The Enduring Failure To Protect Against Racism

The Enduring Failure To Protect Against Racism

Twenty five years ago this week in a case entitled McClesky v. Kemp, the United States Supreme Court was faced with disturbing proof that race influences who is sentenced to death in the United States. In Georgia, where the case originated, black defendants charged with killing white victims were 4.3 times as likely to receive a death sentence as white defendants charged with killing black victims.

Racial Justice trial: No execution for black inmate, judge rules

In a landmark ruling, a North Carolina judge Friday vacated the death penalty of a convicted black murderer, saying prosecutors across the state had engaged for years in a deliberate and systematic pattern of racial discrimination while striking black potential jurors in death penalty cases. The decision by Superior Court Judge Gregory A. Weeks in Cumberland County, N.C., could help set a precedent nationwide in death penalty cases, which for years have included arguments by black defendants and civil rights lawyers that prosecutors keep blacks off juries for overtly racial reasons.

Op-Ed: Oregon Should Follow Connecticut

Governor Daniel Malloy signs the Connecticut bill to replace the death penalty with an alternative punishment

On April 12, 2012, the Connecticut legislature replaced its death penalty with life in prison with no possibility of release. When Governor Daniel Malloy signs the bill into law, Connecticut will be the 17th state and the fifth in recent years to replace the death penalty with an alternative punishment that ensures both the safety of its citizens, but also guarantees that no innocent person will be executed.

Marion County DA backs Gary Haugen's argument to override Kitzhaber on execution

Haugen's argument to override Kitzhaber on execution

Haugen has asked the Marion County Circuit Court to issue a new death warrant, saying he doesn't accept the reprieve, making it "legally ineffective." The Oregonian’s continuing coverage of Gary Haugen, an Oregon death row prisoner, wants to initiate the execution process. Gov. John Kitzhaber blocked his execution and all others in Oregon. Marion County District Attorney Walt Beglau said Monday that the two-time killer has a viable argument. "That's the legal issue that needs to be explored in a court of law. That really is the central issue."

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