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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…

New Hampshire Senate takes up death penalty suspension bill

New Hampshire
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire lawmakers are deciding whether to suspend the state's death penalty rather than repeal it outright.

The Senate is expected to vote Thursday on a bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Kevin Avard of Nashua. 

The measure would suspend use of the death penalty until "methods exist to ensure that the death penalty cannot be imposed on an innocent person."

New Hampshire is the only state in New England with the death penalty still on the books, and efforts to repeal it in 2014 deadlocked in the 24-member Senate.

Michael Addison, who was convicted of killing a Manchester police officer in 2006, is the state's only person on death row. 

The bill would not affect anyone sentenced to death prior to the suspension.

New Hampshire's last execution was in 1939.

Source: The Associated Press, March 3, 2016

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