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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…

Bangladesh sentences man to death for killing 2 younger brothers

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dhaka, Bangladesh
February 16, 2016: A Chittagong court convicted a man and sentenced him to death for killing his two younger brothers in 2013 following a family property dispute.

Second Additional District and Sessions Judge Mohammad Rabiuzzaman sentenced Abul Kalam of Sultanpur village in Raozan upazila to death and also fined him Tk 50,000.

According to the prosecution, Kalam stabbed his two younger brothers -- Abu Sufian and Abu Morshed - to death following a dispute over their ancestral property at Sultanpur village in Raozan upazila of Chittagong district on July 22, 2013.

Ismat Ara, wife of victim Abu Sufian, then filed a case with Raozan Police Station and police submitted a chargesheet against Kalam in October 2013.

Later, Kalam made his confessional statement before the court.

After examining the records and 14 witnesses, the Judge handed down the verdict today. 

Source: Sun Online Desk, Feb. 16, 2016

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