Death penalty opponents seek Oregon vote

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Associated Press

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 8:27 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Death penalty opponents are appealing to Oregon lawmakers, asking a state House committee to allow the public to vote on outlawing capital punishment.

The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony about the death penalty on Tuesday.

Death-penalty critics arrived at their position for a variety of reasons. Some are morally opposed to the government taking someone's life. Other say it costs too much, or that the risk of executing an innocent person is too high.

Supporters say society's most egregious killers should be executed for their crimes. They say Oregon's extensive appeal process ensures innocent people aren't executed.

The committee did not decide whether to advance the measure, which would put the death penalty repeal on the 2014 ballot.

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