Gary Haugen, Oregon Death Row Inmate, Fighting Reprieve; Wants To Be Executed
By NIGEL DUARA 07/24/12 05:55 PM ET
SALEM, Ore. — An Oregon death row inmate and the state’s governor are at the center of an unusual legal battle – the governor has granted the twice-convicted murderer a reprieve, even though the inmate did not ask for it and does not want it.
Gov. John Kitzhaber blocked Gary Haugen’s scheduled execution last fall, saying no executions would be carried out on his watch.
Haugen has sought to reject the governor’s clemency. He’s voluntarily waived legal appeals that could delay his execution for years and has fought to speed his punishment in protest of a criminal justice system that he says is broken.