FEATURED POST

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

Image
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…

ISIS executed 2,114 civilians in 19 months, human rights group says

Gay man thrown off building by ISIS militants
Gay man thrown off building by ISIS militants
(CNN) ISIS has executed 3,895 people, more than half of them civilians, since announcing the establishment of a "caliphate state" in June 2014, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday.

Of the 2,114 civilians killed, 78 were children and 116 were women, the SORH said in a press release. Civilians were killed by firing squad, beheaded, stoned, thrown off high buildings or burned, SOHR said.

The other people executed included fighters for the Syrian regime, militiamen loyal to the regime and rebel groups like al-Qaeda in Levant, SOHR said.

CNN could not independently verify the information from SOHR. Its website says SOHR is a nonprofit group not connected to any political body or nation.

ISIS even executed 422 of its own members for offenses such as trying to defect, spying for foreign counties and acts of "extremism" against Islam, such as ascribing divine characteristics to Islamic figures or another person, SOHR said.


Reading out a death sentence minutes before it is carried out.
SOHR said people were killed for apostasy, cursing Allah, adultery, espionage, being a member of the national defense, contacting the Al-Nusra Front and homosexuality. A woman was killed for escaping from her husband.

Civilians were massacred in several places: 939 Arab Sunni civilians were killed in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor; 223 Kurdish civilians were killed in Kobani and the nearby village of Barkh Botan; and 46 were killed in the village of Al-Mab'oujeh.

During the period of December 29 to January 29, ISIS killed 188 people, including 113 civilians, the release said. Sixty-four were Syrian regime forces or militiamen loyal to the regime, the release said.

The extremist group announced the establishment of a "caliphate," an Islamic state stretching across the western and northern Iraq, in June 2014.

The leader of the caliphate is Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al Samarrai, more commonly known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Source: CNN, Ralph Ellis, January 29, 2016


ISIS Executes 18 Civilians in Mosul, Iraq

ISIS has recently executed a number of civilians across its territories in Northern Iraq, including a young Kurdish man in Mosul for allegedly cooperating with Kurdish Peshmerga forces against the terrorist group.

ISIS militants executed a 17-years-old Kurdish man in a military base in their Northern Iraqi stronghold of Mosul.

Sources revealed that the victim was from the predominantly Shabak village of Bajrbog near Bashiq district, and he was abducted by ISIS some 20 days ago.

Since the northern province of Nineveh has fallen into the hands of ISIS in June 2014, the extremist group is conducting mass killings and arbitrary punishments against locals to spread fear in the area and, as a result, leave the civilians with no choice but obedience.

Elsewhere in Salahaddin province, nearly 17 youths received the death penalty by ISIS as they had killed an ISIS member, raised an Iraqi flag on a telecommunication tower in Shirqat district and cooperated with the Iraqi government against ISIS.

Local sources told to the Iraqi media that the insurgents hung the corpses from lamp posts after the executions.

Source: AhlulBayt News Agency, January 31, 2016

- Report an error, an omission: deathpenaltynews@gmail.com - Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Most Viewed (Last 7 Days)

New Hampshire: More than 50,000 anti-death penalty signatures delivered to Sununu

Texas: The accused Santa Fe shooter will never get the death penalty. Here’s why.

Post Mortem – the execution of Edward Earl Johnson

Malaysian court sentences Australian grandmother to death by hanging

Convicted killer from infamous “Texas 7” prison escape gets execution date

Ohio: Lawyers seek review of death sentence for 23-year-old Clayton man

Texas man on death row for decapitating 3 kids loses appeal

Amnesty International Once Again Highlights Shocking Justice System in Iran

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

Ohio man with execution set for July 18 blames killing on ‘homosexual panic’