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ACLU's amici curiae brief for Haugen v. Kitzhaber

ACLU's amici curiae brief for Haugen v. Kitzhaber

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The "friend of the court" brief filed by the ACLU of Oregon, Oregon Capital Resource Center and the Oregon Justice Resource Center for Haugen v. Kitzhaber
The "friend of the court" brief filed by the ACLU of Oregon, Oregon Capital Resource Center and the Oregon Justice Resource Center for Haugen v. Kitzhaber

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FILED
January
3,
2013
01
:49
PM
Appellate Court Records
IN
THE SUPREME COURT
OF
THE
STATE
OF
OREGONGARY
D.
HAUGEN,Plaintiff
.
Respondent
v.
JOHN
KITZHABER.
Governor
of
theState
of
Oregon,Defendant-Appellant.Marion County Circuit
Cowi
Case No. 12C 16560
CA
Al52412
SC S060761
AMENDEDBRIEF OF
AMICI CURIAE ACLU
OFOREGON,
INC., OREGON JUSTICERESOURCE CENTER, AND OREGON
CAPITAL
RESOURCE
CENTER
Appeal from the Judgment
of
the Circuit Court
of
Oregon.for the County
of
MarionThe Honorable Timothy
P.
AlexanderMiller Nash LLPBruce
L.
Campbell,
OSB
No. 925377
ElisaJ.
Dozono,
OSB
No. 063150
Alexander
M. Naito,
OSB
No. 1240463400 U.S. Bancorp
Tower
111
S.W. Fifth
Avenue
Portland,
Oregon
97204Telephone: (503) 224-5858Attorney for Proposed Amicus Curiae
ACLU
of
Oregon, Inc.Ellen F. Rosenblum, OSB No. 753239Attorney General
Anna
M. Joyce,
OSB
No. 013112Solicitor GeneralJake Hogue,
OSB
No. 123459Assistant Attorney General1162 Court Street N .E.Salem, Oregon 97301Telephone: (503) 378-4402Attorneys for Defendant-Appellant
 
Kevin Diaz, OSB No. 970480Legal DirectorACLU Foundation
of
Oregon, Inc.P.O. Box 40585Portland, Oregon 97240Telephone: (503) 227-6928Attorney for Proposed Amicus CuriaeACLU
ofOregon,
Inc.Jeffrey Ellis, OSB No. 102990
621S.W.
Morrison Street, Suite 1025Portland, Oregon 97205Telephone: (503) 218-7076Attorney for Proposed Amicus CuriaeOregon Capital Resource CenterErin McKee, OSB No. 114565Deputy Executive DirectorOregon Justice Resource CenterP.O. Box 40588Portland, Oregon 97240Telephone: (503) 768-7321Attorney for Proposed Amicus CuriaeOregon Justice Resource CenterHarrison Latto, OSB No. 812890Attorney at Law
1631
N.E. Broadway, No. 533Portland, Oregon 97232Telephone: (503) 223-0783Attorney for Plaintiff-RespondentJanuary 2012
 
TABLE OF CONTENTSPage
INTRODUCTION .................................................................................................... 1
STATEMENT
OF FACTS ....................................................................................... 1
SUMMARY
OF
ARGlJMENT
................................................................................ 1ARGUMENcr ............................................................................................................ 2
I.
Legal Standard ...................................................................................... 3II. The Oregon Cases Adopting the Acceptance Theory Relied ona Misinterpretation
of
the Federal Constitutional ClemencyPower. ................................................................................................... 4A. The U.S. Supreme Court interprets Article II, Section 2,
of
the U.S. Constitution as a power entrusted to thePresident to be used for the public welfare ............................... 5
B.
The Framers
of
the U.S. Constitution intended that thepower provided by Article II, Section 2, be used topromote the public welfare ....................................................... 6C. Presidents invoke the clemency
power
under Article II,Section 2,
of
the Constitution when necessary for thepublic welfare ............................................................................. 8III. The Current Federal Public-Welfare Interpretation
Is
ConsistentWith the Intent
of
the Drafters
ofthe
Oregon Constitution ..............
10
A. Oregon courts have not had the opportunity to addressthe scope
of
the clemency power as applied to the deathpenalty ...................................................................................... 10
B.
The federal interpretation
is
more consistent with theintent
of
the drafters
of
the Oregon Constitution .....................
13
IV. Governor Kitzhaber's Reprieve
of
all Death Sentence Promotesthe Public Welfare Because
It
Provides the Public With theOpportunity to Reassess the Current Death-Penalty System .............
14
A. The current death-penalty system practiced in Oregonfails to achieve its intended objectives and fails to protectagainst the wrongful imposition
of
the death penalty ..............
15

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