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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…

Northern Iran: Four Prisoners Executed Including One in Public

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A prisoner is hanged in public in Kermanshah province, Iran, on July 25, 2016.
Iranian authorities reportedly executed three prisoners in the province of Gilan on Saturday July 23 and one prisoner in public on Monday July 25 in the Kermanshah province.

Iran Human Rights (July 25 2016): On Saturday July 23 three prisoners were reportedly hanged at Lakan, Rasht's central prison (Gilan province, northern Iran). 

The press department of the Judiciary in Gilan has identified the prisoners as: F.B., 40 years old, charged with trafficking 659 grams of crystal meth; A.M., 32 years old, charged with possession of 965 grams of heroin; and H.D., 31 years old, charged with murder.

On Monday July 25 an unidentified prisoner was hanged in public in Sonqor County (Kermanshah province, northwestern Iran) in front of a crowd of people. 

According to state run media outlet, Mehr News, the man was on death row for murdering a child. 

Released photos from this public execution show children were present in the crowd of people who watched the hanging.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 26, 2016

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