Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber on Tuesday banned the death penalty in his state for the duration of his term, the Associated Press reports.
Clearly emotional and fighting back tears at points during his address in Salem, the Democratic governor called the state’s death scheme "an expensive and unworkable system that fails to meet basic standards of justice." He announced he would issue a stay for 37 inmates, including 49-year-old Gary Haugen who had waived his appeals and was scheduled to be executed early next month.
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