In a matter of minutes this afternoon, lawyers laid out a weeks-long timetable for considering Gary Haugen’s request to reinstate his death sentence.
The actual hearing is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. June 11 in Marion County Circuit Court, after written arguments are submitted beforehand by Haugen’s lawyers and by the state. The Department of Justice is representing Gov. John Kitzhaber, whose Nov. 22 reprieve is being challenged by Haugen.
Lawyers spent nearly an hour in a closed-door conference with retired Judge Timothy Alexander, brought in from Washington County.
Haugen’s side will file its arguments by May 18, and the state by June 4.
Haugen has filed a motion to quash the governor’s reprieve, but the court did not act on it Wednesday.
Haugen is seeking to reinstate the warrant signed last year by Judge Joseph Guimond,CQ who has retired. The Oregon Supreme Court upheld the warrant in a 4-3 decision Nov. 21. Haugen had been scheduled to die by lethal injection Dec. 6 at the Oregon State Penitentiary.
On the day after the Supreme Court decision, Kitzhaber announced he was issuing a reprieve to Haugen and imposing a moratorium on all executions through the rest of his term ending Jan. 12, 2015. No other executions were imminent when Kitzhaber acted.
Haugen, in a brief statement in court Wednesday, called it “an unsolicited reprieve."
(source: Statesman Journal)