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Killer wins bid for his execution

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SALEM, Ore. -- A death-row inmate who says he wants to die can reject a reprieve from the death penalty issued by Oregon's governor, a lower-court judge ruled Friday.

Senior circuit Judge Timothy Alexander said convicted killer Gary Haugen is not required to accept clemency from Gov. John Kitzhaber. Last year, Haugen said he would voluntarily waive legal appeals that could delay his execution for years and fought to speed his punishment in protest of a criminal justice system he says is broken.

But Kitzhaber, who opposes capital punishment, said no executions would occur while he is governor. Weeks before Haugen was scheduled to die by lethal injection, Kitzhaber issued an order preventing the execution for the rest of his time in office and said he hoped voters would decide to repeal the death penalty. Kitzhaber spokeswoman Amy Wojcicki said the governor will likely appeal and is confident his authority will be upheld.

In his ruling, the judge said he agrees with many of Kitzhaber's concerns about the death penalty but that precedents from higher courts support Haugen's right to reject the governor's clemency. Haugen was serving a life sentence for the 1981 murder of his former girlfriend's mother when he was sentenced to death for the 2003 killing of a fellow inmate.

 

-- The Associated Press

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 4, 2012 A23

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