Death row inmate’s lawyers demand reinstatement

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The ousted attorneys of an Oregon death row inmate have asked the state Supreme Court to overrule a judge’s order that they no longer represent their client.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports the attorneys for twice-convicted murderer Gary Haugen have asked the court to require the presiding judge of Marion County Circuit Court to vacate the order she issued removing them as Haugen’s co-counsels.

The presiding judge handed down the order on Thursday, and Haugen’s attorneys filed a petition asking the high court to reinstate them hours later.

Haugen tells the newspaper in an interview that his attorneys lied to the presiding judge when they said they wouldn’t issue more filings in the case.

Haugen has asked to die, but his attorneys have so far prevented his execution.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com