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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…

Iran: 30 Executions Carried Out in Last Ten Days

Iranian authorities have hanged four prisoners in northwestern Iran on drug charges. This brings the total of prisoners who have been executed in Iran in the last ten days to 30.

Iran Human Rights (APR 19 2016): On the morning of Tuesday April 19, four prisoners were reportedly hanged on drug charges at Urmia's central prison, Darya. 

According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network, the names of the four prisoners are: Majid Moradi, Ahmad Mohi, Alireza Sarian, and Mansour Raziani. Iranian officials sources, including state media and the Judiciary, have been silent about these executions.

The rate of executions in Iran had significantly decreased during a three-month period, from the outset of 2016 until after the Iranian parliamentary election and the Nowruz holiday. 

However, executions have resumed since April 2016. 

According to Iran Human Rights, 30 people have been executed in Iran in the last ten days alone.

Source: Iran Human Rights, April 19, 2016

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