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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: Two hanged in Sahiwal

February 23, 2016: Two death row convicts were sent to the gallows in the Central Jail Sahiwal on early morning while execution of another death row prisoner was postponed, Dunya News reported.

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

According to details, death row prisoner Faiz was executed for killing a man named Barkat in 1992.

Death row prisoner Ramzan was hanged for murdering three women in 2004.

Meanwhile, the execution of death row prisoner Ghulam Murtaza was postponed after the two rival parties reached a settlement.

Source: Dunya News, Feb. 23, 2016

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