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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: Two hanged for murder in Yasuj and Kermanshah

Iran Human Rights (JAN 26 2016): Two unidentified prisoners have been hanged by Iranian authorities.

According to state run news agency Khabar Online, a prisoner was hanged at Yasuj's central prison on Sunday January 24. 

The prisoner, who has not been identified, was reportedly executed on murder charges. 

The unidentified prisoner was reportedly arrested five months ago. 

Yasuj is located in the Iranian Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province (southwestern Iran).

In another official report by Khabar Online, the execution of a prisoner in Kermanshah (western Iran) for the alleged murder of the Friday Prayer Imam of Savojbolagh (a county in the province of Alborz, northern Iran) was confirmed by the Iranian Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohsen Eje'i. 

According to Eje'i, the prisoner was also charged with other offenses. 

Information about the date and location of the execution, the other offenses, or about the prisoner's identity were not mentioned in the report.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 26, 2016

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