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Haugen death penalty fight heads to Oregon Supreme Court

Haugen death penalty fight heads to Oregon Supreme Court
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SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Supreme Court will decide whether a death row inmate can refuse the governor's reprieve.  

Gary Haugen says he wants to die and has stopped appealing his aggravated murder conviction.  

Gov. John Kitzhaber has vowed there will be no executions while he is governor. He issued the reprieve in November of last year.

A Marion County Circuit Court judge ruled in August that Haugen has the right to refuse the reprieve. The governor's appeal went straight to the state supreme court.  

The Statesman Journal reports the court will hear the case on March 14 during its visit to the University of Oregon law school in Eugene.  

Information from: Statesman Journal

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