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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…

Pakistan: Two Hanged

LAHORE (Dunya News) – Two death row convicts were hanged in the jails of Toba Tek Singh and Bahawalpur on early Tuesday morning, Dunya News reported.

The dead bodies of the prisoners were handed over to their families after the execution.

According to details, death row prisoner Muhammad Sardar was hanged in the District Jail, Toba tek Singh.

Sardar was executed for killing a man named Amanullah in 1993.

Another murderer was executed in the New Central Jail, Bahawalpur.

Prisoner Rasheed Ahmad was hanged for murdering a man named Muhammad Shafi in 2004.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted the moratorium on the death penalty on December 17, 2014, a day after Taliban gunmen attacked a school in Peshawar and killed 134 students and 19 adults.

The killings put pressure the government to do more to tackle the insurgency.

There are more than 8,000 prisoners on death row in the country.

Source: dunyanews.tv, January 12, 2016

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