A blog produced by the Oregon Justice Resource Center discussing the death penalty (capital punishment) in Oregon and in the Ninth Circuit.
Oklahoma executed Michael Bascum Selsor by lethal injection, he was pronounced dead at 6:06 p.m. Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.
The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted 4-1 against commuting Selsor’s sentence to life in prison without parole. “The U.S. Supreme Court rejected his request for a stay of execution Friday. Defense attorneys had argued that executing Selsor after he has been in prison for almost two generations lacked any deterrent value and would “amount to cruel and unusual punishment” in violation of his constitutional rights under the Eighth Amendment.”
Michael Selsor is 18th individual put to death this year (the 3rd in Oklahoma) and the 1,295th person executed in the U.S. since 1976.
The Oregon Justice Resource Center opposes the death penalty (capital punishment) in all circumstances. The death penalty is the ultimate, irreversible denial of civil liberties.
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