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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 hangs four in two days

February 24, 2016: four murder convicts were hanged in Pakistan in two days.

Three prisoners were hanged in two jails on February 23.

In Toba, Mumtaz Ahmad of Bhakkar was hanged for killing Noor Muhammad Khaira in Chak 264/GB Rajana some 24 years ago.

In Sahiwal, two murder convicts were hanged in Central Jail early in the morning while execution of another was postponed.

The dead bodies of the prisoners were handed over to the heirs.

Faiz was executed for killing a man named Barkat in 1992 while Ramzan had murdered three women in 2004.

On February 24, another death row convict was executed in the Central Jail of Mainwali.

According to details, Naimat Gul was convicted of killing a man over marriage dispute in 1993.

The mercy plea of Gul had been rejected by the government authorities.

The dead body of the convict was handed to his legal heirs.

Source: channel24.pk, Feb. 24, 2016

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