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

Oregon

Oregon Death Row

Kitzhaber Urges Death Penalty Vote, Legislative Leaders Lukewarm

Kitzhaber Urges Death Penalty Vote

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is urging state lawmakers to send voters a measure to ban capital punishment. But in a meeting with reporters Tuesday, legislative leaders showed little enthusiasm for taking up the hot button issue.

The Death Penalty in Oregon Takes a Sharp Downward Turn in 2012

Kitzhaber declared a moratorium on executions in Oregon

Oregon’s death row is shrinking. Since Governor Kitzhaber declared his moratorium on executions, no new death sentences have been imposed and five death sentences have been overturned.

Oregon legislator prepares death-penalty repeal bill, as anniversary of execution moratorium approaches

Rep Mitch Greenlick during the 2012 legislative session

When Gov. John Kitzhaber declared a year ago that he would block any executions as long as he's governor, he also challenged legislators to help turn the moratorium into law. "I am calling on the Legislature to bring potential reforms before the 2013 legislative session and encourage all Oregonians to engage in the long overdue debate that this important issue deserves," he said.

Oregon Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal in Haugen execution case

Oregon Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal in Haugen execution case

The state's highest court has agreed to hear Gov. John Kitzhaber's appeal of a decision that ruled his reprieve last November of death-row inmate Gary Haugen's execution was invalid.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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