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11-26-11, 07:22 PM #1
Condemned inmate mocks Oregon governor for stopping his executionA condemned inmate who was scheduled to be executed next month is slamming Gov. John Kitzhaber for giving him a reprieve, saying the governor didn't have the guts to carry out the execution.
Two-time murderer Gary Haugen had voluntarily given up his legal challenges, saying he wants to be executed in protest of a criminal justice system he views as broken. But Kitzhaber on Tuesday said he won't allow anyone to be executed while he is in office, calling Oregon's death penalty scheme "compromised and inequitable."But in a telephone interview with the Statesman Journal on Friday, Haugen mocked Kitzhaber.
"I feel he's a paper cowboy," he said. "He couldn't pull the trigger."
Haugen's criticism reverses his earlier praise of Kitzhaber's decision during an interview with The Oregonian. He told the Portland newspaper that Kitzhaber cited some of the same criticism of the death penalty that Haugen has raised.
After further reflection, Haugen said he came to the conclusion that the governor "basically pulled a coward's move" by acting on his personal beliefs instead of carrying out the will of Oregon voters, who reinstated the death penalty in 1984.
he 49-year-old inmate said he plans to ask lawyers about possible legal action to fight Kitzhaber's temporary reprieve, which lasts until the governor leaves office. A Marion County judge had twice signed a death warrant ordering Haugen's execution. The first was reversed when the state Supreme Court intervened; the second was overruled by Kitzhaber two weeks before the Dec. 6 execution.
11-27-11, 09:00 AM #2
"Death Penalty scheme"?
Man, even the Fox affiliate in Oregon is liberal. lol"If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn't thinking." -Gen. George S. Patton
11-27-11, 10:00 PM #3
Gary Haugen for governor...err...wait..ahh fuck it, he can't be any worse then the rest of the politicians. We just have proof is all.
11-28-11, 08:11 PM #4
A two-time murderer wants to protest a criminal justice system that is broken? I must agree with him. Had it not been, he'd have perhaps only been a one-time murderer.
Fukketh Himmeth. Burn him.
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