The Daily Populous

Wednesday December 14th, 2022 day edition

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Outgoing Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is commuting the sentences of all 17 people on death row to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, according to a news release Tuesday from her office.

“Since taking office in 2015, I have continued Oregon’s moratorium on executions because the death penalty is both dysfunctional and immoral.

Today I am commuting Oregon’s death row so that we will no longer have anyone serving a sentence of death and facing execution in this state,” Brown, a Democrat, said.

The governor will use executive clemency powers to commute the sentences, and the order is set to take effect Wednesday.

According to the Death Penalty Information Center, Oregon has executed two people since the US Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976 and the state reinstated the penalty in 1984.

The most recent was in May 1997 when double murderer Harry Moore was put to death by lethal injection.

Brown succeeded Gov. John Kitzhaber, who in November 2011 granted a reprieve to a death row inmate and said no more executions would take place in Oregon. »

Law professors raise ethics concerns as Kavanaugh parties with Republicans at “worst possible time”

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Legal scholars raised concerns about the judicial code of ethics after a report from Politico that revealed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh recently attended a private holiday party hosted by Conservative Political Action Coalition (CPAC) chairman Matt Schlapp.

Americans' trust in the Supreme Court decreased by 20 percentage points in the past two years, according to a September poll from Gallup.

"The moral of the story is this — Supreme Court justices can't effectively self-police their own ethics. »

Canada to provide $115M to repair Kyiv's power grid

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Canada will transfer $115 million to repair Kyiv's power grid after repeated Russian attacks against Ukraine's energy infrastructure, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Tuesday.

The money will come from tariff revenues collected on imports from Russia and Belarus, Freeland said at the Standing with the Ukrainian People conference in Paris.

The support from Canada "will help ensure that Ukraine can secure its energy infrastructure and make it through the difficult winter to come," she added. »

Subnautica Living Large Update Released

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We’re delighted to bring you the long-awaited 2.0 update to Subnautica across all platforms.

Our goal was always to bring both Subnautica and Below Zero onto unified versions of Unity, and with today’s update, that goal has been achieved.

We’ve also added some base pieces to Subnautica that were previously only available in Below Zero, specifically the Large Room, Glass Dome, and surface hatches. »