Judge rules inmate Gary Haugen, seeking execution, has right to reject governor's reprieve

Death row inmate Gary Haugen won a legal battle

Death row inmate Gary Haugen won a legal battle Friday against Gov. John Kitzhaber when a judge ruled he could reject the governor's reprieve of his execution and move forward in his efforts to die by lethal injection. The opinion by Senior Judge Timothy P. Alexander is expected to initiate new adversarial proceedings between the prisoner who volunteered to die and the governor who had a change of heart about capital punishment.

OADP Statement on Judge Alexander’s Decision on Haugen Execution

Oregon State Senior Judge Timothy P. Alexander

Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP) is expressing disappointment with the decision of State Senior Judge Timothy P. Alexander in the latest round of Gary Haugen hearings. We feel that the Governor is totally within his right to declare a moratorium on executions. And, we believe that this decision will be overturned upon appeal.

Arkansas Supreme Court declares execution law unconstitutional, siding with death row inmates

Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the state's execution law

June 22, 2012 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the state's execution law Friday, but did not deem lethal injection or the death penalty unconstitutional.

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Oregon State Bar Bulletin: Let the Debate Begin

First enacted by statute in 1864, the death penalty was repealed by Oregon voters in 1914 and since then has been restored, outlawed again by voters, re-enacted by initiative, deemed unconstitutional and reinstated by initiative in 1984, the last time the issue came up for a vote. Since Gov. John Kitzhaber's announcement in November that he would not allow any further executions as long as he remains in office, debate over capital punishment has once again become a front-burner issue. Interviewed by Cliff Collins, four Oregon lawyers — all with years of experience in the field — express their diverse opinions about a subject that everyone agrees is complex, difficult and worthy of OSB members' attention.

The wrong Carlos: how Texas sent an innocent man to his death

Carlos DeLuna was executed for a crime he did not commit

A few years ago, Antonin Scalia, one of the nine justices on the US supreme court, made a bold statement. There has not been, he said, "a single case – not one – in which it is clear that a person was executed for a crime he did not commit. If such an event had occurred … the innocent's name would be shouted from the rooftops."

Jurors spare Brian Bement from death sentence, vote for life without parole

Jurors spare Brian Bement

May 11, 2012

Washington County jurors spared Brian Bement from the death penalty Friday and voted to impose a sentence of life in prison without parole.

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Eugene Register Guard: Until justice is absolutely fair, abolish death penalty

Dr. Todd Huffman of McKenzie Pediatrics in Eugene, OR

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

In April, Connecticut became the fifth state in five years to abolish the death penalty. In Oregon this past December, Gov. John Kitzhaber placed a moratorium on all executions, citing his refusal “to be a part of this compromised and inequitable system any longer.”

That public response to Kitzhaber’s action has been relatively mute perhaps indicates that the time has come for Oregon to join Connecticut and 16 other states in abolishing capital punishment.

Connecticut governor signs bill to repeal death penalty

Governor Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut Signs Death Penalty Repeal Law

The Associated Press
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy quietly signed a new law Wednesday that ends the state's death penalty for future crimes, making Connecticut the 17th state to abolish capital punishment.

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Measure that would end death penalty in California qualifies for ballot

Measure that would end death penalty in California qualifies for ballot

April 24, 2012
Los Angeles Times

California is set for a major debate on the death penalty following qualification Monday of a November ballot measure that would replace capital punishment with a life term without possibility of parole.

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Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs declares support of moratorum

Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs

Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs wrote a letter to Governor John Kitzhaber expressing support for his courageous declaration of a moratorium to stop all executions in Oregon. The commission wrote the following letter to Governor Kitzhaber expressing gratitude for the courage for the decision and the reasons such a moratorium is important.



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