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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…

Somaliland: Six Executed for Murder

January 11, 2016: Somaliland government carried out the execution of 6 prisoners in different regions of the country. 

The 6 included a soldier who killed a police officer recently in Berbera.

The execution of these people took place in Daraweyene, Mandheera and Borama. 

All were convicted criminals according to the local press.

Sources mention that the execution order was signed by President Siilaanyo for the six men in order to mitigate the situation after murder-related cases have increased in the recent times. 

Sources: somalilandinformer.com, Somaliland Nation News, January 11, 2016

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