MEASURE 72


ARGUMENT IN OPPOSITION

Unanimous conviction by a jury is one of the cornerstones of the judicial system of the United States. Measure 72 does not give new rights to victims. Rather, measure 72 will cause Oregonians to give up their right to be convicted by unanimous juries. There is no justification for Oregonians to forfeit this right.

Measure 72 is especially dangerous to the minority communities in Oregon, where innocent defendants would otherwise be saved from conviction by a twelfth juror.

Vote no against Measure 72, and leave the jury system alone.

(This information furnished by Lawrence D. Taylor, Chair, Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee.)

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ARGUMENT IN OPPOSITION

Former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Betty Roberts
Urges You To Protect the Oregon Bill of Rights.

Vote No on Measures 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 and 75.

    As a former Supreme Court Justice, I have worked to protect Oregon's Bill of Rights. Oregonians should never take lightly any attempt to weaken our Bill of Rights. Measures 69-75 would repeal entire sections of the Oregon Bill of Rights, discarding more than 140 years of protections enjoyed by all Oregonians. I urge you to vote no on Measures 69-75.

    Oregonians Value Our Constitutional Rights

    From the time our state was a distant frontier, our Bill of Rights and our elected judges have protected the rights of every Oregonian.

    Now, under the guise of victims' rights, a faction of our state government wants to strip those rights from Oregonians. The effect of these sweeping changes to the Oregon Bill of Rights would be to deny these rights to every person accused of a crime, whether they are guilty or not.

    Measures 69-75 are Expensive and May Cause the Early Release of Criminals

    Between eliminating bail and restricting options like work release and home detention, these measures will cause our already overcrowded jails to swell. People merely accused of crimes will be locked up while convicted criminals walk.

    This will cost us millions for prisons that should instead be going to schools or hiring police.

    Measures 69-75 will cost Oregonians the independence we have cherished for decades.

    Please Join me in voting No on Measures 69-75.

    Betty Roberts.
    Former Oregon Supreme Court Justice

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ARGUMENT IN OPPOSITION

"Innocent until proven guilty." This simple phrase reminds us of the fear and knowledge that the government will at times convict innocent persons, and motivates us to ensure that Justice is done in our courts.

As an attorney I can attest to the fact that wrongful convictions can and do occur throughout the United States, and even here in Oregon.

I recently represented two men who despite their claims of innocence were convicted in Oregon of Aggravated Murder, and sentenced to life in prison. After spending eight years behind bars, new evidence was discovered which led the police to learn another individual had pulled the trigger and committed the murder for which my clients were convicted. Secretly made tape recordings captured the new suspect confessing to the murder. My clients were soon released from prison, and all charges against them were dropped!

Recently in Chicago, over two dozen men who had been sentenced in various states to die, but who later proved their innocence, came together to share their tragic stories of mistaken identities, falsified evidence, and inaccurate lab work. Their purpose was to alert Americans that even though guilty people should be convicted, we must continue to protect against the horror of innocent people being imprisoned.

In the former Soviet Union, prisons were filled with people who were actually innocent of crimes. In the United States such horrible mistakes occur infrequently because we have procedures and requirements of law that greatly minimize the risk of wrongful conviction. Unfortunately, Ballot Measure 72 would significantly weaken those procedures and requirements, and would allow mistakes to happen more often, would allow more innocent
people to be convicted.

On behalf of those who are wrongly accused, and on behalf of those who will in the future be wrongly accused, I urge you to vote NO on Measure 72.

Elden Rosenthal
(This information furnished by Elden Rosenthal.)

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Arguments In Favor

Measure 72 Text

November 2, 1999 Special Election Voters' Pamphlet Table of Contents