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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…

Isis has executed 5 Sunni tribesmen and beheaded 6 of their own militants for spying

becoming increasingly paranoid as the borders of their self-proclaimed caliphate shrinks.
"Becoming paranoid as the borders of their self-proclaimed caliphate shrinks."
The extremists are becoming increasingly paranoid as the borders of their self-proclaimed caliphate shrinks.

The Islamic State (Isis) militant group has executed 6 of their own fighters and 5 Sunni tribesmen in Iraq for allegedly spying for their enemies. The jihadists are losing ground in their self-proclaimed caliphate which bridges Syria and Iraq and are becoming increasingly paranoid.

Reports have emerged from several news agencies in Iraq that Daesh (Isis) beheaded 6 of their own fighters in Mosul on Wednesday 6 July on charges of 'treason' after accusing them of leaking crucial security information to the US-led coalition operating in northern Iraq.

They were said to have been interrogated by senior IS commanders before being handed their sentences by the Mosul Sharia Court. The brutal killings come just 3 days after the US-led coalition renewed airstrikes on IS headquarters in Mosul killing dozens of militants, including top jihadi commanders. Then on 7 July in a new photo report purportedly released by IS militants in Azim, around 80 miles north of Baghdad, 5 Sunni tribesmen were executed. They were accused of assisting the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), which is an Iraqi state-sponsored organisation comprising some 40 militias including Shiite, Yazidi, Christian and some Sunni brigades.

The report has not been independently verified by the IBTimes UK but the ARA News network have quoted a media activist named Abdullah al-Malla who cited an IS official saying: "The ISIS leadership suspected that the al-Hisba members were leaking confidential information to the western coalition - whose airstrikes have recently killed top jihadi officials.

"After interrogation, the Mosul Sharia Court issued a decision to publicly execute the 6 suspects. The 6 jihadis were beheaded in front of dozens of IS officials in central Mosul," al-Malla added.

Amongst the IS leaders who have been reportedly killed in recent US-led coalition bombing was Muhammad Ahmed al-Bajjari, head of IS military operations in northwestern Iraq. He was said to have played a main role in planning attacks against Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army near Mosul.

Another air strike reportedly killed the head of the feared al-Hisba police known as Hatim Taleb al-Hamdouni.

Source: ibtimes.co.uk, July 8, 2016


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