Submitted by David McNeil on Fri, 08/01/2014 - 6:00am
Federal Judge in California Rules State's Death Penalty Unconstitutional: U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney holds that California's death penalty, implemented so rarely and so long after the offense, serves no penological purpose. Jeff Ellis Comments on California Decision: "California has nothing on Oregon. Our death penalty system is even worse." Women Can Get Us Over the Top: History tells us that women will again propel abolition of Oregon's death penalty--this time, for good. The September 21st Project: The International Day of Peace this year will coincide with the third anniversary of the execution of Troy Anthony Davis. Help us mark these two important events in your community. Analysis of Hall v. Florida by Prof. Charles Ogletree, Jr.: From the Washington Post, July 19, 2014, we reprint in full an op-ed foreseeing the end of the death penalty in America. Harvard Law Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., highlights Justice Kennedy's focus in the majority opinion on human dignity as the basis for Eighth Amendment jurisprudence, and explains why the death penalty is an affront to the human dignity both of those executed and of the society that executes them. A must-read for death penalty opponents.
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.