Submitted by David McNeil on Mon, 12/02/2013 - 6:32am
A Path to Repeal in Oregon: OADP targets the Nov 2016 general election for a ballot measure to repeal Oregon's death penalty. Lots of work ahead of us!
Another Oregon Chief Justice Speaks Up: Last issue we brought you retired Chief Justice Paul DeMuniz. In this issue, we reprint the op-ed of retired Chief Justice Edwin Peterson from OregonLive, October 23.
From the Board Chair, Ron Steiner: Our year-end fundraising request--this year Ron asks that you consider a three-year pledge to help carry us through to our goal in 2016.
Events: A dozen in October and November, led by the Ecumenical Banquet in Portland, with links to the powerful moral statements of 15 religious leaders from our state.
Death Row Exonerees to Visit Campuses. Juan Melendez and Greg Wilhoit will discuss their stories of wrongful sentencing to death row on college campuses March 6-7. All events are free and open to the public.
Documentary West of Memphis, opening in March in Oregon, also tells the story of wrongful convictions for murder. Discounted tickets are available on our website, and OADP will sponsor discussions after the film on its opening showing in five Oregon cities.
Capital punishment is legal in the U.S. state of Oregon. The first execution under the territorial government was in 1851. Capital punishment was made explicitly legal by statute in 1864, and executions have been carried out exclusively at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem since 1904. The death penalty was outlawed between 1914 and 1920, again between 1964 and 1978, and then again between a 1981 Oregon Supreme Court ruling and a 1984 ballot measure. Since 1904, about 60 individuals have been executed in Oregon. Aggravated murder is the only crime subject to the penalty of death under Oregon law.