In 2011, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced a moratorium on executions while he's in office.  He did it, because he wanted to stop the execution of Gary Haugen and to put the issue before Oregon Voters.

Haugen had wavied his appeals to speed his execution.  He challenged the governor's decision and the Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that the governor can issue a reprieve to only the execution, and change the sentence to life in prison.

Governor Kitzhaber issued the following statement:

“I am pleased that the Oregon Supreme Court affirmed my constitutional authority to issue a reprieve. I renew my call for a reevaluation of our current system that embraces capital punishment, which has devolved into an unworkable system that fails to meet the basic standards of justice. I am still convinced that we can find a better solution that holds offenders accountable and keeps society safe, supports the victims of crime and their families and reflects Oregon values.”