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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: Three Men and One Woman Hanged in One Day

Iran Human Rights (DEC 8 2015): On Sunday December 6, three men with alleged murder charges were reportedly hanged to death at Zahedan Central Prison and also one woman was reportedly hanged in Ghazvin Central Prison for allegedly murdering her husband.

According to close sources, the names of the three men are: Mohsen Piri, Mohsen Gomshadzehi and Aziz Sarani. 

They were reportedly among five prisoners who on Thursday December 3 were transferred from their cells to solitary confinement in preparation for their executions. 

The other two were returned to their cells after the plaintiffs on their case files granted them respite from hanging. Iranian official sources have been silent on the execution of the three men.

The Iranian official news site, Parsine, has identified the woman as F. Zanjanian. 

According to the official report, "Zanjanian" committed the act of murder in 2011 and was sentenced to death and 99 lashings by Iranian courts.

Source: Iran Human Rights, December 8, 2015

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