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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…

Three hanged in Khorramabad, western Iran

NCRI - Iran's fundamentalist regime on Saturday hanged three men in a prison in Khorramabad, western Iran.

The three men were identified as Behrouz Amiri, Rahman Kazemzadeh and Ali Hassanvand.

They were hanged at dawn in Parsiloun Prison. All three had been accused of drugs-related charges. They had been transferred to solitary confinement on Friday.

The mullahs’ regime on Thursday hanged a group of eight prisoners collectively in the central prison in Qazvin, northern Iran.

Another eight prisoners were hanged en masse on Tuesday, December 22, in Qazvin Prison.

On Wednesday, December 23, the mullahs’ regime hanged five people in a prison in Kerman, eastern Iran. Also on Wednesday two people were hanged in the notorious Qezel-Hesar Prison in Karaj, north-west of Tehran.

Following the December 17 adoption of the 62nd United Nations General Assembly resolution censuring human rights abuses in Iran, the Iranian Resistance's President-elect Maryam Rajavi called on the UN Security Council to hold officials of the Iranian regime accountable and prosecute them for crimes against humanity. She underlined that this is a necessary step towards respecting the international community's vote that condemned the systematic and flagrant violations of human rights in Iran.

Source: NCRI, December 26, 2015

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