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Court hears high profile death penalty case at Oregon Law, alumni argue on both sides

The Knight Law Center and Oregon Law alumni have played important roles in a high profile death penalty case that has garnered national and international attention.

In March, during its annual visit to the School of Law, the Oregon Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Haugen v. Kitzhaber. Oregon death row inmate Gary Haugen was challenging Governor John Kitzhaber for his right to die. The governor had granted the twice-convicted murderer a reprieve. 

The Oregon Supreme Court boasts Oregon Law Class of 1977 alumni Justice Martha Walters and Justice David Brewer.

State Solicitor General Anna Joyce '01 argued on behalf of Gov. Kitzhaber, while alumnus Harrison Latto '81 argued on behalf of Haugen.

On Thursday, June 20, the Oregon Supreme Court decided that Haugen could not legally force the governor to carry out his execution. The court's decision reversed a trial court judge's ruling that sided with Haugen, stating that a reprieve must be accepted in order to be valid.


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