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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 Prisoners Hanged in Western Iran

Iran Human Rights (DEC 29 2015): On Saturday December 26, three prisoners on death row for alleged drug offenses were reportedly hanged at Parsilon Prison in Khorramabad (in the province of Lorestan, western Iran).

According to the human rights group, HRANA, the names of the prisoners are: Behrouz Amiry, Rahman Kazemzadeh, and Ali Hasanvand.

Hours before they were hanged to death, a video was released showing the three prisoners pleading for their lives.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary, have been silent on these three executions.

Source: Iran Human Rights, December 29, 2015

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