By Gov. John Kitzhaber - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - On Tuesday, I made the decision to stop an execution from going forward. I want to share with Oregonians how and why I came to that decision.
There have been two executions in our state since 1984. Both of them occurred during my first administration, one in 1996 and the other in 1997. I allowed those sentences to be carried out despite my opposition to the death penalty. I was torn between my person convictions about the morality of capital punishment and my oath to uphold the Oregon Constitution.