Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Oregon Governor Bans Executions

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber on Tuesday banned the death penalty in his state for the duration of his term, the Associated Press reports.

Clearly emotional and fighting back tears at points during his address in Salem, the Democratic governor called the state’s death scheme "an expensive and unworkable system that fails to meet basic standards of justice." He announced he would issue a stay for 37 inmates, including 49-year-old Gary Haugen who had waived his appeals and was scheduled to be executed early next month.

Read it all here.

1 comment:

George Patsourakos said...

It is a good sign that Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has banned the death penalty in Oregon for the duration of his term in office. It may encourage other governors in other states to follow his lead.

The death penalty is a barbaric and unChristian way to punish someone who has committed a serious crime, such as murder. A more civilized way for a country like the U.S. to punish a person who has committed such a crime is to sentence him or her to life in prison with no possibility of parole.