Oregon Death Penalty for Aggravated Murder, Measure 7 (1984)

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The Oregon Death Penalty for Aggravated Murder Act, also known as Measure 7, was on the November 6, 1984 ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute, where it was approved. The measure required the penalty for aggravated murder to be death by legal injection when an unanimous jury finds a defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 7 (1984)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 893,818 75.12%
No295,98824.88%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

7. REQUIRES BY STATUtE DEATH OR MANDATORY IMPRISONMENT FOR AGGRAVATED MURDER
QUESTION - Shall the penalty for aggravated murder be death under specified conditions, and be life imprisonment with a 30-year minimum otherwise?

EXPLANATION - Amends statutes. Requires that penalty for aggravated murder be death by lethal injection when unanimous jury finds beyond a reasonable doubt that defendant acted deliberately with reasonable expect ion that death would result is probably a continuing threat to society, and responded unreasonably to any provocation by deceased. Requires Supreme Court review. Requires life imprisonment with 30-year minimum subject to Parole Board review after 20 years in all other cases.

ESTIMATE OF FINANCIAL EFFECT - Passage of this measure will increase annual recurring costs for the state court system and the costs for prosecution and defense. Staffing costs for death row cell blocks are estimated to be $190,000 for each of the first two fiscal years and $385,000 starting the third year after passage. No capital construction is needed.

YES □

NO □ [2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed December 10, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.