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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…

The Maldives: The 1st execution in 60 years - help stop this

Hussain Humaam
Hussain Humaam

There are serious concerns about the fairness of the murder trial, and without your help Humaam could be hung within 30 days. Call on the authorities in the Maldives to halt the execution before it's too late.

23 year old Humaam was sentenced to death after he was found guilty of murdering MP Afrasheem Ali. 

The Maldives President pledged to hang death row inmates within 30 days of the Supreme Court upholding a guilty verdict, which means Humaam's days are now numbered.

A key piece of evidence in the trial was Humaam's 'confession' which he later explained was extracted by force after authorities threatened the safety of his family.

Humaam and his family also maintain that he suffers from a mental disability which was not assessed or considered during the trial.

If carried out, this execution will be the 1st in more than 60 years. 

There are 17 other prisoners on death row that could be next, at least 5 of which are juvenile offenders.

Source: Amnesty International, July 11, 2016

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