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Oregon Supreme Court overturned the death sentence of serial killer Dayton Rogers once again

Oregon Supreme Court overturned the death sentence of serial killer Dayton Rogers once again

The Oregon Supreme Court overturned the death sentence of notorious serial killer Dayton Leroy Rogers on Friday, citing its own historic ruling last month that applied the state's new aggravated murder statute to the case of another condemned man.

OADP Statement on David Bartol Decision Senate Bill 1013

The mission of OADP is and has always been to seek and promote alternatives to the death penalty. OADP believes that when the state executes someone, they do so in our names. Consequently, we feel a duty to stand up, be counted, and call for the end to these killings.

Oregon Supreme Court Overturns Death Sentence in Decision that Could Clear the State’s Entire Death Row

Oct 8 2021  In a decision that advocates say could clear the state’s death row, the Oregon Supreme Court (justices pictured) has overturned death-row prisoner David Ray Bartol’s death sentence because the crime he committed is no longer statutorily eligible for the death penalty.

New trial ordered for man who has spent 17 years on Oregon’s death row

Oct. 6, 2021 Jesse Lee Johnson was convicted of aggravated murder in 2004. He’s always maintained his innocence. The Oregon Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for a Black man who has been on death row for 17 years.

U.S. Senators and Members of Congress Urge US Attorney General End of Federal Executions

Seventeen U.S. Senators and four Members of Congress who are leading the effort to abolish the federal death penalty have called on U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland (pictured) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to stop seeking the death penalty in pending and future federal murder trials.

Arizona DoC Paid $1.5 Million for Execution Drugs While Facing a Budget Crisis

 April 22, 2021  At a time in which the Arizona Department of Corrections is facing criticism for crumbling infrastructure, substandard medical care, and understaffing, the department has spent $1.5 million to purchase the lethal-injection drug pentobarbital from an undisclosed source. The exorbitant price, experts say, is a function of the questionable use of the drug for non-medical purposes and the secretive nature of the transaction.

Nevada State Assembly Passes Bill to Repeal Death Penalty and Resentence Death-Row Prisoners to Life

April 21, 2021  The Nevada State Assembly has passed a bill that would abolish the state’s death penalty and resentence the prisoners currently on its death row to life without parole. It was the first time any death-penalty abolition bill had been reported out of committee and considered by either house of the Nevada legislature.

Sonny Boy Oats Found Ineligible for the Death Penalty After 40 Years on Florida’s Death Row

April 20, 2021 After more than 40 years on Florida’s death row, Sonny Boy Oats,  one of the nation’s longest serving death-row prisoners, has been found ineligible for the death penalty.

In a Wide-Ranging Series of Editorials, the South Florida Sun Sentinel Argues for Abolition of Capital Punishment in Florida

April 7, 2021 In a wide-ranging six-part editorial series analyzing systemic flaws in the administration of the death penalty, the editorial board of the South Florida Sun Sentinel has called for the abolition of capital punishment. “[I]t is past time to repeal it, here in Florida and nationwide,” the editors wrote.

Washington Post Opinions: I prayed Virginia would end the death penalty. It finally did — and gave other states hope. Tim Kaine

February 19, 2021 Tim Kaine, a Democrat, represents Virginia in the U.S. Senate and was governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010.

I met my wife, Anne, a native Virginian, in law school in the early 1980s. Idealistic youngsters, we grappled with whether to live in Richmond or my hometown of Kansas City. A key consideration in our choice of Virginia was the Biblical phrase “the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” There seemed to be so much work to be done here.

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