According to Oregon Public Broadcasting, aggravated murder is the only crime that qualifies someone for the death penalty. SB 1013 reads that aggravated murder includes premeditated murder against a police officer, among other requirements. The fraternal order of police says that the addition of pre-meditation weakens the legislation and calls into question the future prosecution of the crime.
“The result of what they did made it nearly impossible to charge someone with aggravated murder or attempted aggravated murder of a police officer,” Oregon Fraternal Order of Police, General Counsel Daniel Thenell said.
The Fraternal Order is asking the Governor to call the special session in order to repeal the bill or strike premeditation from the requirements. Governor Brown has stated in the past that she does oppose capital punishment, we’ve reached out to her office for comment and haven’t heard back.
Devin Gooden graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a Master’s degree in Sports Journalism.
She has spent most of her life in Atlanta, Georgia and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in Business Management.
When she’s not reporting, Devin practices yoga, reads thriller novels and loudly cheers for her beloved Georgia Bulldawgs.