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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…

Lahore: Death row convict hanged in Kot Lakhpat Jail

LAHORE (Dunya News) - A death row prisoner was hanged in the Kot Lakhpat Jail Lahore on early Tuesday morning. 

The execution of another convict was postponed after the rival parties reached an agreement.

According to details, death row prisoner Aslam was hanged for killing a man in 2003 over an old enmity. 

Aslam’s body was handed over to his heirs after the execution.

On the other hand, the execution of another convict, Farrukh Shahzad, was postponed after the rival parties reached an agreement.

Source: dunyanews.tv, April 5, 2016

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