A blog produced by the Oregon Justice Resource Center discussing the death penalty (capital punishment) in Oregon and in the Ninth Circuit.
By Jake Brooks, OJRC Research Assistant
-Republican and Democratic lawmakers introduced a house measure to eliminate the Death Penalty in Washington state.
-A King County judge in Washington state ruled that two people could not be sentenced to the Death Penalty.
-Abolition advocates optimistic about death penalty bill in Montana, as they believe this year they have enough support to get it passed.
-In national news, there were two big stories out of Texas this past week: (1) Texas Woman’s Execution Halted; DA Will Not Appeal. The execution is stayed until April 3rd “so lawyers for the former nursing home therapist could have more time to pursue an appeal focused on whether her predominantly white jury was improperly selected on the basis of race. McCarthy is black.” (2) A Judge in Texas on Wednesday delayed convicted killer Larry Swearingen’s scheduled Feb. 27 execution date. “The motion heard Wednesday was filed recently by the New York-based Innocence Project and sought testing of crime scene evidence to support Swearingen’s claims of innocence.”
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