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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 convict executed, another gets a lifeline

A murder convict was hanged at the district jail on Tuesday morning. The execution of another convict was put off on Tuesday after his family reached a settlement with the petitioners.

Jail authorities said Asghar Ali, a resident of Khushab, had murdered his brother, his brother's wife, and their 4 children over property in Noshera, Khushab, in 2007. 

They said a trial court had sentenced him to death. Later, Sargodha Sessions Judge Abdul Nasir had issued black warrants for Ali. 

The jail authorities handed over the body to Ali's family.

Separately, the execution of a murder convict was put off after the petitioner settled with the defendant. 

A Prisons spokesperson said a trial court had sentenced Haq Nawaz, son of Bakhsh, to death for murdering his mother-in-law Ejaz Bibi in a Kotwali City police precinct, Jhang, in March 2001.

Black warrants had been issued for Haq Nawaz's execution to be carried out on May 3 at Jhang District Jail. It was put off after the petitioner said they had settled with the defendant

Source: The Express Tribune, May 4, 2016

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