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.”

Press Release - OADP Annual Meeting June 12th, Mike Farrell Speaking

Press Release - Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP) has announced plans for their 2015 annual meeting, dinner and program. It will be held on Friday June 12th, at the Keizer Civic Center.

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.

Gov. Kitzhaber: Your Job Is Not Yet Done

National death penalty scholar Charles Ogletree gives his views on Oregon's death penalty relative to the resignation of Governor John Kitzhaber.

Read the Huffingpost article here: Gov. Kitzhaber: Your Job Is Not Yet Done.

Oregon is One of 26 States that Do Not Use Death Penalty

Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2014
(SALEM, Oregon) Death sentences in Oregon declined in 2014, with only one new death sentence this year. This single sentence represents a 42% decline over the last ten years. According to the 2014 Death Penalty report, issued today by the Death Penalty Information Center, in Washington DC, nationwide, there were 72 new death sentences in 2014, a 40-year low.

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.

Oregon Should Abolish the Death Penalty

Convicted killer Gary Haugen was sentenced to death in 2007, but Gov. John Kitzhaber has refused to carry out the penalty.

On behalf of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, let me respond to Oregonian reporter Bryan Denson's April 30 article criticizing OADP's participation in the recent Oregonian poll about the death penalty. First, thank you to The Oregonian for providing a forum for discussing the death penalty in Oregon. Gov. John Kitzhaber called for a vigorous statewide debate on this issue, and that is what OADP is trying to promote. We welcome the participation of all Oregonians, whatever their views, and we appreciate The Oregonian's help. We will, of course, continue to make our views known through all available avenues, including The Oregonian’s poll. We are not trying to silence anyone else from making their views known and fully expect death penalty proponents will do so as well. The fact is, the death penalty is a wasteful and ineffective response to violent crime. We believe that when Oregonians understand this, they will choose to replace it with life in prison without possibility of parole as the most serious sanction for murder. Six other states have done so in the last few years (New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, Illinois, Connecticut and Maryland), bringing the total of states without the death penalty to 18.



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