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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: Two Men Hanged in Public in Shiraz

Public hanging in Shiraz, Iran, on June 5, 2016
Iranian authorities hanged two men in public on Sunday June 5 in Shiraz, southern Iran.

Iran Human Rights (June 6 2016): Two men were hanged in public in the city of Shiraz (province of Fars, southern Iran) early morning on Sunday June 5. 

According to confirmed reports, there were dozens of people watching the execution, including small children. 

According to a report by Iranian state-run news agency, Rokna, one of the prisoners, identified as "Mojtaba G", was executed for "committing an act of rape before attempting murder". 

The other prisoner, unidentified, was reportedly executed for "Corruption on earth". The unidentified prisoner was reportedly scheduled to be hanged in public on Thursday June 2, but his execution was reportedly postponed for a few days due to unknown reasons. 

In an earlier report by Iran Human Rights, citing the state-run news agency, Mizan, the unidentified man was sentenced to death for creating an environment of instability in Shiraz by attacking the homes of residents at night and committing acts of rape.

Over the two weeks, there were six public executions reported in Fars, five of them were reportedly carried out in Shiraz. 

According to statistics gathered by Iran Human Rights, in the past several years, the province of Fars has been home to the most public executions in Iran.

Source: Iran Human Rights, June 6, 2016

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