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

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Press Release: Ohio Execution Goes Badly

Ohio Execution Goes Badly

Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty wishes to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Joy Stewart who was senselessly murdered in 1989. Any murder is a terrible crime and as a society needs to be mourned.

The Death Penalty in 2013: Executions Drop Below 40 for Only Second Time since 1994

 Executions Drop Below 40 for Only Second Time since 1994

THE DEATH PENALTY IN 2013: YEAR END REPORT by The Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) - With 39 executions in 2013, this year marks only the second time in nearly two decades that the United States executed less than 40 people.

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.

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.

Salem-Journal: Sister Helen Prejean speaks out against the death penalty at Willamette

Roman Catholic Sister Helen Prejean talks at Willamette University’s Cone Chapel

Roman Catholic Sister Helen Prejean tours the nation to speak against capital punishment, experiences that culminated in a Pulitzer-nominated book, “Dead Man Walking.” Tuesday night’s talk in Willamette University’s Cone Chapel marked the sister’s fourth visit to Oregon.

'Dead Man Walking' author Sr. Helen Prejean discusses death-penalty, repeal efforts

Dead Man Walking author Helen Prejean discusses death penalty

Sister Helen Prejean, anti-death penalty advocate and author of Dead Man Walking, talks about Oregon's death row and the death penalty in general. In 1982, at the suggestion of a civil rights activist, Sister Helen Prejean wrote a letter to a man on Louisiana’s death row. Her correspondence with Patrick Sonnier, convicted of the murders of two teenagers, would lead Prejean into a life of challenging the death penalty and the morality of a legal system skewed against minorities and the poor.

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.

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."

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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