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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: 2 terrorists hanged in Sahiwal jail

Authorities on Thursday hanged 2 terrorists here at a high security jail.

According to reports, Abdullah Baloch, a resident of Darya Khan, Bhakkar, and Sohail Ahmed, a resident of Ahmedpur Sharqia, Bhawalpur, were arrested and an inquiry was undertaken under Section 59(6) and 4 of the Army Act against them. 

Upon completion of inquiry, a special military court awarded them death penalty on 7th January 2016 which was later confirmed by army chief. 

President of Pakistan also rejected their mercy petitions on 22nd of January and both convicts were hanged yesterday.

Bodies of both men - Abdullah Baloch and Sohail - were handed over to their heirs after execution.

Source: The Nation, March 25, 2016


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