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Colorado jury sends James Holmes to life in prison, without the possibility of parole

Colorado jury sends James Holmes to life in prison, without the possibility of parole

In response to the life without parole sentence that a jury returned on Friday for James Holmes, who killed twelve people and injured many more in a Aurora, Colorado movie theater, the prosecutor stated: “I'm not disappointed with the system.

Statesman Journal: 'M*A*S*H' Actor keynotes anti-death penalty event

Today, a man originally on death row was supposed to be freed," actor and activist Mike Farrell said before a meeting of death penalty opponents.

Farrell was in the area Friday to address the Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty at the group's annual meeting and banquet.

Time Magazine: The Death of the Death Penalty

Time Magazine - The Death of the Death Penalty

The June 8, 2015 issue of Time magazine explores the decline of capital punishment in the U.S. The author, David Von Drehle, offers five significant reasons for the drop in death sentences, executions, and public support for the death penalty in the United States: problems with the administration of the death penalty, the falling crime rate, the erosion of the justification for capital punishment, the financial cost of the death penalty, and actions of the legislatures, lower-court judges and governors that be read by the Supreme Court as signs of 'evolving standards of decency' in society," which the U.S. Supreme Court may eventually see as justification for striking down capital punishment. Von Drehle concludes, "The facts are irrefutable, and the logic is clear. Exhausted by so many years of trying to prop up this broken system, the court will one day throw in the towel."

To read the complete article: http://time.com/deathpenalty

Daily Astorian Editorial: Death Penalty begs for reconsideration

Support for the death penalty is waning. Indiana joins the ranks of states without capital punishment Support for the death penalty is waning across America.

We see it most startlingly in the recent vote by Nebraska’s one-house Legislature. By a veto-proof margin, the Nebraska Senate voted to eliminate the death penalty. Nebraska is a red state. Its governor says he’ll veto the statute. But he would have to move two senators off their “no” votes.

Also recently, in blue Boston there was little popular support for giving the death penalty to the Boston Marathon bomber. The family of one victim said they favored a life sentence so they would not have to relive the crime at the successive appeals that come with death penalties.

Nebraska, #19, and counting! Nebraska has become the 19th state to repeal their death penalty.

Nebraska repeals death penalty

The “conservative” Republican unicameral legislature in Nebraska got it right! On May 20, by a 32-15 margin, a death penalty repeal bill passed. This was the third vote in this session and the “yes” votes were consistently favorable in each round of voting. Following the final vote, Governor Pete Ricketts stated he would veto the legislation and began a strenuous effort to get senators to change their vote. To override a veto 30 votes were required.

Death-penalty politics shift

Register Guard Opinion Editiorial

Register Guard Editorial:
Death-penalty politics shift: It’s time for Oregon to have statewide discussion
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says he plans to veto a bill passed last week that would abolish his state’s death penalty, declaring “the Legislature is out of touch with Nebraskans.”

Seeking death penalty adds $1M to prosecution cost, study says

Seattle University studies Washington State Costs of the Death Penalty
An in-depth study by four Seattle University professors found costs related to pursuing the death penalty are about 1.4 to 1.5 times more than when a prosecutor does not seek death.

Federal Judge Strikes Down California's Death Penalty

Federal Judge Strikes Down California's Death Penalty
A federal judge has ruled that California's death penalty system is unconstitutional.   U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney handed down an order Wednesday, finding that the system is arbitrary and in violation of the Constitution's 8th Amendment.  

Six reasons why support for capital punishment is evaporating: Slate opinion

Will Saletan Opinion - Support for Capital Punishment is Evaporating

By William Saletan, on June 19, 2014 at 5:03 AM

WASHINGTON — For 40 years American politicians have assumed that favoring the death penalty is a winning political position. Is that era coming to an end? Is support for capital punishment, like opposition to gay marriage, evaporating?

We can't be sure. But we're seeing the first signs that it could happen.

Death Penalty Will Never Be Risk-Free

Frank Thompson is a retired prison superintendent from the Oregon Department of Corrections

By Frank Thompson, a retired prison superintendent from the Oregon Department of Corrections.
Because of the moratorium that Gov. John Kitzhaber declared, the gruesome events that unfolded during the execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma did not happen here. But for our governor's bold leadership, it could have. Oklahoma officials injected Mr. Lockett with a "newly tried" cocktail of drugs that caused him to "writhe and gasp" and cry out in pain minutes after he'd been declared unconscious. At one point, he "tried to rise [from the table] and exhaled loudly," prompting prison officials to pull a curtain in front of witnesses. An execution that should have taken little more than 10 minutes was stretched to an agonizing 43 minutes and ended with Mr. Lockett dying of a massive heart attack. Our constitution requires that, if a state wishes to use the death penalty, we must guarantee that it is not cruel punishment. And for good reason.

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