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March 11, 2013

Death penalty case to be heard at UO Law

Haugen v. Kitzhaber will be heard by Oregon Supreme Court in Eugene

Oregon death row inmate Gary Haugen is fighting Governor John Kitzhaber for his right to die. The governor has granted the twice-convicted murderer a reprieve. Haugen, however, does not want it.

The Oregon Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Haugen v. Kitzhaber during its annual visit to the University of Oregon School of Law. The arguments will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 14, in room 175 of the Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St. in Eugene. The proceedings are open to the public, a capacity crowd is expected and an overflow room will be available.  Video of the proceedings will be available on the law school’s website later in the day.

Prior to the Haugen case, the court will hear arguments in the case of State v. Everett at 9:00 a.m. in room 175. Defendant Ronald Alan Everett has been granted review of a Court of Appeals decision affirming trial court decisions denying his motion for judgment of acquittal of both solicitation to commit aggravated murder and solicitation to commit assault in the second degree, and denying his motion to strike certain testimony by a state's witness.

After each argument, the Court responds to questions from students.

The Lane County Bar Association will have its monthly lunch at the law school following both arguments. Justices, court personnel, faculty, and students will join members of the bar for the lunch.

Oregon Law's nationally ranked Legal Research and Writing program coordinates the Oregon Supreme Court visit on an annual basis.

Note to Media Members and Photographers:  The Oregon Supreme Court has specific rules for media conduct in the courtroom.  Only one still photographer and one video camera and technician are permitted in the courtroom.  Media personnel must wear tasteful business attire.  Broadcast media representatives may not move about the room during proceedings.  Recording equipment must be positioned before the session opens and must not be moved during proceedings.  Equipment cannot produce distracting sound or light.  Following is a link to the complete rules for media coverage of Appellate Court Proceedings.

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