Marion County DA Issues 2 Statements on Gov. Kitzhaber's Death Row Decision

Posted on November 22, 2011 by

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Courtesy http://community.statesmanjournal.com/blogs/editorialblog/2011/11/22:

Marion County DA responds to governor’s halting of Haugen execution

Marion County District Attorney Walt Beglau sent this statement:

I believe our community needs to hear my perspective on this decision.

I certainly respect the Governor’s personal beliefs regarding the death penalty. I do not question his Executive authority. That said, as Marion County District Attorney, I disagree with his decision. Our death penalty system is neither broken nor compromised. As this decision unfolds, I remain concerned about the safety and security within our Correctional facilities, particularly the Oregon State Penitentiary.

Equally, I am concerned about the integrity of our justice system.

Ever since the citizens of Oregon reinstated the death penalty in 1984, we have committed our community to careful, thoughtful decisions, under rule of law.

In one breath, the Governor undermines a fair and thorough process.

This was evidenced in a Supreme Court decision upholding the imposition of a death sentence. The Supreme Court further upheld the Death Warrant process for Mr. Haugen.

The Governor’s decision compromises the serious responsibilities of jurors, the Court, and respective parties. The expectations of victims are vacated.

Sincerely, Walt Beglau

Marion County DA on governor’s halting the Haugen execution

Marion County District Attorney Walt Beglau sent this statement:

I believe our community needs to hear my perspective on this decision.

I certainly respect the Governor’s personal beliefs regarding the death penalty. I do not question his Executive authority. That said, as Marion County District Attorney, I disagree with his decision. Our death penalty system is neither broken nor compromised. As this decision unfolds, I remain concerned about the safety and security within our Correctional facilities, particularly the Oregon State Penitentiary.

Equally, I am concerned about the integrity of our justice system.

Ever since the citizens of Oregon reinstated the death penalty in 1984, we have committed our community to careful, thoughtful decisions, under rule of law.

In one breath, the Governor undermines a fair and thorough process.

This was evidenced in a Supreme Court decision upholding the imposition of a death sentence. The Supreme Court further upheld the Death Warrant process for Mr. Haugen.

The Governor’s decision compromises the serious responsibilities of jurors, the Court, and respective parties. The expectations of victims are vacated.

Sincerely, Walt Beglau

Editor’s Note: Not sure the reason for the two statements, but it appears in both cases Mr. Beglau makes excellent points about the rule of law being circumvented by Governor Kitzhaber. ~ 5440

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