Reprieved death row convict rejects clemency, granted ‘right’ to die

Convicted murderer Gary Haugen was awarded clemency over his death sentence by anti-capital punishment Oregon governor John Kitzhaber.
Haugen demanded that he wanted to die and appealed. The judge that heard the case, Timothy Alexander, citing precedents, granted Haugen the ‘right’ to die.
Read the full story here.
If Haugen were not a death row convict and if he had a terminal or acutely debilitating illness and wished for release through euthanasia, he would not, under US law, be granted any right to die.
Why does a a death row prisoner being punished for taking the lives of others get to exercise his preference for death, when innocent people who are catastrophically and incurably ill have to suffer on?

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