It’s the legal end of the road for Oregon Death Row inmate Gary Haugen who wants to be executed. The US Supreme Court has decided not to hear his case.
Haugen was set to die in 2011. But two weeks before the execution, Governor John Kitzhaber issued a reprieve. Haugen sued the governor and a judge sided with Haugen. But that ruling was overturned by the Oregon Supreme Court. Haugen then turned to the U.S. Supreme Court which has now declined to get involved.
Kitzhaber has said no more executions will take place while he is governor. He is currently running for re election. When he was governor in 1996 and 1997, two inmates were put to death. When he issued Haugen’s reprieve, Kitzhaber said “I simply cannot participate once again in something that I believe to be morally wrong. It is time for this state to consider a different approach.”
Haugen was serving a life sentence for killing an ex girlfriend’s mother. He was moved to Death Row after being convicted of killing a fellow inmate in 2003.