This just in, Gov. John Kitzhaber has halted the planned execution of convicted murdered Gary Haugen.
The Oregonian is reporting that Kitzhaber called a press conference today to announce that he is excercising his authority to stay Haugen’s execution because of Kitzhaber’s own personal opposition to the death penalty and his belief that Oregon’s death penalty process is an “expensive and unworkable system that fails to meet basic standards of justice."
Kitzhaber acknowledged that he allowed two prior executions to take place under his first term as governor, but said that he has regretted them ever since, according to the paper’s account of the press conference.
Haugen who was twice convicted of murder and sentenced to death for killing another inmate had waived all of rights to appeal against the advice of his attorneys, clearing the way for his execution.