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Few Pending Cases Meet Oregon's Higher Bar For Death Penalty

Oct. 2, 2019 5:12 p.m. | Portland, Ore. For a state that hasn’t seen an execution in more than two decades, the death penalty has cast an enormous shadow in Oregon this year.

Now, the potential for any future executions has become much more limited, even in pending cases that were eligible for the death penalty when they were charged, an analysis by OPB has found.

Candidate for Multnomah County DA pledges to never seek the death penalty if elected

“When the death penalty is on the table, the number of motions filed by the state and by the defense is way higher than cases where it’s not on the table,” he said. “The estimates I’ve seen with aggravated murder cases with the death penalty average $800,000 to $1 million — and that doesn’t even take into consideration if the person’s sentenced.”

Oct 01, 2019 A former prosecutor has announced his run for the soon-to-be vacant Multnomah County district attorney seat.

Schmidt is running for Multnomah County District Attorney.

No special session to ‘fix’ Oregon’s death penalty law, says Gov. Kate Brown

No special session to ‘fix’ Oregon’s death penalty law, says Gov. Kate Brown

Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday announced that she would not call a special session to address controversy over the state’s new aggravated murder statute that significantly narrows the crimes that could bring the death penalty in Oregon.

“While it is clear there is a misunderstanding regarding the intent of the words in Senate Bill 1013, it is also clear there is not sufficient support for a special session to pass a fix," she said in a statement issued by her office.

Calling Oregon death penalty ‘costly and immoral,’ governor signs bill limiting its use

Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday signed a bill that represents the first major legislative restriction to Oregon’s death penalty since 1984, when voters amended the constitution to include capital punishment.

“Our state’s criminal justice system continues to impose death sentences, and send people to death row, even as we know that no one has been executed here in a generation,” said Brown, according to prepared remarks released by her office.

Governor Kate Brown signs SB 1013 to change death penalty statues.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown today signed the legislative bill that changes some of the sentencing laws on the death penalty. Oregon currently has 30 inmates on its death row but has not had an execution in the past 22 years and has only had two executions in the past 57 years.

Oregon, with a moratorium on executions since November of 2011, declared by then-Governor John Kitzhaber and continued by current Governor Kate Brown is one of the many states that have a death penalty but do not use it. Twenty-two states have abolished their death penalty altogether.

Summer 2019 Update Newsletter

Volume XVI, No. 2 - Summer 2019

In this issue...

Another Step Toward Repeal: Senate Bill 1013 Passes

Death sentence: Number of aggravating circumstances reduced.

Front Page Only a Sliver of the Story

Robust dialogue is needed about the Oregon death penalty laws.

Paid in Full Brings Prisons Education and Transformation

'Smart on Crime' because in America 'Tough on Crime’ Does Not Work.

Does Better Prison Food Help Reduce Recidivism?

Yes... and the information may provide constructive advice for Oregon's prisons.

Women in the Oregon Legislature

Oregon with 37 female legislative members ranks third in the nation.

Gazette Times: Editorial: Legislature goes almost all the way on death penalty

Gazette Times: Editorial: Legislature goes almost all the way on death penalty

Jul 3, 2019 It was probably inevitable, considering the dramatic way that the last couple of weeks of the legislative session played out. With so much focus on the Republican senators' walkout and the death of the cap-and-trade bill, a number of relatively high-profile measures were passed that normally would have earned more attention.

Senate Bill 1013 passed by Oregon Legislature. Sent to Governor for Signature

On June 29th, the Oregon Senate passed Senate Bill 1013 by a vote of 17-10. It has been signed by the Senate President and House Speaker and is now awaiting the signature of Governor Brown.

Oregon Senate passes SB 1013

The Oregon Senate passed Senate Bill 1013 this mornig. It removes future dangerousness as factor for jury to determine when deciding on sentence of death,  The vote was 1809. See this measure in OLIS  https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Measures/Overview/SB1013?pubDate=2019-05-21-11-39 The bill now goes to the Oregon House, which has scheduled a first reading for Tomorrow May 21st.

Oregon Senate to Vote on SB 1013 Today

Today, Tuesday May 21, at 11:00 AM the Oregon Senate will read, debate and vote on the OADP supported bill to "reduce the use" of the death penalty, with Senate Bill 1013.

If you can, please alert your senator to let them know you support SB 1013 to reduce the use of the death penalty as a step towards repeal. 

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