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Oregon Religious Leaders Voice Opposition to Death Penalty

          On October 16, 2013, fifteen leaders of Oregon’s religious communities gathered at First United Methodist Church in Portland to voice their opposition to Oregon's death penalty and

Huffington Post: Support For Death Penalty Falls To 40-Year Low: Poll

10/30/2013 A majority of Americans -- 60 percent -- still favor putting convicted murderers to death. In the past 20 years, the level of support has dropped gradually, from a high of 80 percent in 1994, and 69 percent as recently as 2007.

Oregon's death penalty is unjust, this former chief justice says

October 24, 2013 In 1978 and 1984, along with most Oregon voters, I voted for and supported the death penalty initiative that reinstated the death penalty in Oregon. Today I don’t. Oregon’s death penalty system is dysfunctional, expensive, unworkable and unfair. Even supporters of the death penalty - I was one – should vote to end the Dickensian system we have in Oregon.

Salem Statesman Journal: Haugen verdict refocuses effort

Jun. 23 2013  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

June 22, 2013 Death row inmate Gary Haugen cannot legally force Gov. John Kitzhaber to carry out his execution, the Oregon Supreme Court decided Thursday.

Rather, the governor has the legal authority to delay the twice-convicted killer's execution, the court said, despite the inmate's insistence that he be put to death.

Colorado: Governor. Hickenlooper grants temporary reprieve of death sentence

DENVER — Wednesday, May 22, 2013 — Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an Executive Order today that grants Nathan J. Dunlap, also known as Offender No. 89148, a temporary reprieve from his death sentence. Read More

May 2nd OADP Annual Meeting and Banquet:

A man convicted of aggravated murder shared the stage on May 2nd with a former Superintendent of Oregon’s maximum security prison, a former director of the Department of Corrections, an award-winning journalist and a former Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice. The event, sponsored by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, drew an overflow crowd at Willamette University’s Putnam Center.

OADP Response to Salem Journal Editorial on Haugen Case

Dear Mr. Hughes,

    Congratulation and thank you for the viewpoint that “the death penalty case (that of Gary Haugen) has turned into a political circus that neither serves justice nor compels Oregonians to confront the barbarianism of capital punishment”.

Salem Journal Editorial: Haugen's death penalty case becomes political circus

Mar 16, 2013 It is time to let Gary Haugen die.

His death-penalty case has turned into a political circus that neither serves justice nor compels Oregonians to confront the barbarianism of capital punishment.

The Oregon Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in the bizarre, long-running case in which Haugen wants his execution to proceed but Gov. John Kitzhaber has stopped it.

West of Memphis: An examination of a failure of justice: Coming to Oregon Theaters in March. Discounts available.

    West of Memphis is an examination of a failure of justice. This documentary film tells the hitherto unknown story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light.

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