Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber on Tuesday imposed a moratorium on the
death penalty for the remainder of his term, saying he's morally opposed
to capital punishment and has long regretted allowing two men to be
executed in the 1990s.
gives a temporary reprieve to a twice-convicted murderer who was
scheduled to die by lethal injection in two weeks, along with 36 others
on death row. It makes Oregon the fifth state to halt executions since
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