SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A condemned inmate spared by a reprieve from Oregon’s governor is applauding Gov. John Kitzhaber’s decision to temporarily halt all executions and start a statewide debate about the death penalty.
Kitzhaber said he’s morally opposed to the death penalty and Oregon’s system of capital punishment is arbitrary, inequitable and expensive.
Two-time murderer Gary Haugen told The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/tLWI5e ) in a phone interview from prison on Wednesday that the governor cited some of the same criticisms that Haugen has raised.
The 49-year-old inmate had waived his legal challenges and prepared for execution next month in part to protest a system he says is broken.
Haugen did say he was irritated that Kitzhaber didn’t act earlier while lawyers and judges wrangled for months over Haugen’s competence.
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com