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In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning

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To cope with his dread, John Kitzhaber opened his leather-bound journal and began to write.
It was a little past 9 on the morning of Nov. 22, 2011. Gary Haugen had dropped his appeals. A Marion County judge had signed the murderer's death warrant, leaving Kitzhaber, a former emergency room doctor, to decide Haugen's fate. The 49-year-old would soon die by lethal injection if the governor didn't intervene.
Kitzhaber was exhausted, having been unable to sleep the night before, but he needed to call the families of Haugen's victims.
"I know my decision will delay the closure they need and deserve," he wrote.
The son of University of Oregon English professors, Kitzhaber began writing each day in his journal in the early 1970s. The practice helped him organize his thoughts and, on that particular morning, gather his courage.
Kitzhaber first dialed the widow of David Polin, an inmate Haugen beat and stabbed to death in 2003 while already serving a life sentence fo…

Iran Court Sentences Woman to Death by Stoning; Prisoner Hanged in Southern Iran

Iran Human Rights (DEC 9 2015): A court in the north of Iran has reportedly sentenced a woman to lashings, 25 years in prison, and also death by stoning for allegedly assisting in the murder of her husband, Arash Babaieepour Tabrizinejad.

Her sentence was reportedly issued by Branch 2 of a criminal court in Gilan. 

A local Iranian official website, quoting the Prosecutor of Siahkal (a city in the province of Gilan), has identified the woman as only "A.Kh".

A prisoner with an alleged murder charge was reportedly hanged at Bandar Abbas Central Prison on the morning of Monday December 7. 

A report by the Judicial department in the province of Hormozgan identifies the prisoner as A.B. 

The prisoner was reportedly charged with murder and also sentenced to death in 2008. 

The death sentence was reportedly issued by Branch 1 of Hormozgan's Criminal Court and confirmed by Branch 13 of Iran's Supreme Court.

Source: Iran Human Rights, December 8-9, 2015

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