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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 Supreme Court Confirms Death Sentence Of Juvenile Offender

Iran does execute juvenile offenders
Iran does execute juvenile offenders
The death sentence of Himan Ouraminejad who was charged with murder as a juvenile, has been confirmed in the Supreme Court and is waiting for the permission of head of judiciary to be executed.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Himan Ouraminejad is charged with the murder of another juvenile in a fight in Sanandaj.

Himan Ouraminejad is born in 1994 and by the time that he committed the crime in 2010, he was under 18.

According to article 91 of the Islamic Penal Code, when the individual is under 18 or do not understand the nature of the crime, or the growth of their brain could be questioned, the death retribution will not be applied.

According to an informed source, the forensic has just asked him few questions and the actual scientific tests were not carried out about Himan Ouraminejad.

The death sentence of this juvenile offenders will be executed after the permission of the head of judiciary and the refusal of consent by the victim's family.

Himan Ouraminejad is currently being kept in Sanandaj prison.

Source: Human Rights Activists News Agency, Feb. 20, 2016

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