Gov. Kitzhaber appeals court's death penalty ruling - KPTV - FOX 12

Gov. Kitzhaber appeals court's death penalty ruling

Posted: Updated:
SALEM, OR (AP) -

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is appealing a judge's ruling that he has no authority to issue a reprieve from the death penalty for a condemned inmate who has rejected the governor's clemency.

A Kitzhaber spokesman says the governor will file a notice of appeal on Tuesday and ask the Oregon Court of Appeals to pass it up to the state Supreme Court.

A trial-court judge in Marion County ruled last month that convicted murderer Gary Haugen must accept a reprieve for it to be valid.  Haugen had been scheduled to die by lethal injection last December when Kitzhaber stepped in and blocked it.

Kitzhaber opposes capital punishment and said he won't allow any executions while he is governor.

Copyright 2012 KPTV (Meredith Corporation.) All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow
FOX 12
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation, Portland, OR and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.