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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: Six murder convicts hanged

A murder convict was hanged at the Faisalabad Central Jail on Tuesday. 

A spokesperson for the Prisons Department said Adeel Shahzad, a resident of Raza Abad, had killed his aunt Zahida Naseem and her 3 children on February 18, 2001, in a Pir Mehal police precinct. 

ATC Judge Raja Akhtar had issued black warrants for Shehzad. 

Muhammad Ashraf, alias Achoo, who had killed a man in 2000, was hanged in Sahiwal District Jail on Tuesday.


Source: Express Tribune, April 13, 2016


4 more executed in Pakistani jails

4 more prisoners, convicted of murder, were hanged in various jails in Pakistan on Wednesday.

The executions took place in the jails of Multan, Jhang and Sialkot in Punjab province and in Larkana in Sindh province.

A death row convict Anwarul Haq was executed in Multan for murdering his brother over a land dispute in year 2000, prison officials said.

Another prisoner Ghulam Farooq was hanged in Sialkot prison for killing 2 women and a man in a family feud in 1999.

In Jhang prison Muhammad Irfan was executed for killing a woman during a robbery in her home in 2006.

In Larkana jail Waris Mirbahar was hanged for the 1995 murder of a PIA employee during an attack on a cash van of the airlines, prison officials said.

Human rights group Amnesty International last week described Pakistan, with 326 hangings last year, as the world's 3rd most prolific country conducting executions after China and Iran.

Pakistan had ended a moratorium on the death penalty after Taliban attackers gunned down more than 150 people, most of them children, at a school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014.

The country had initially reinstated hangings only for those convicted of terrorism, but later the decision was extended to all capital offences.

Source: arynews.tv, April 13, 2016

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