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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: Four hanged in Saqqez

Hanging in Iran
NCRI - Iran's fundamentalist regime hanged four prisoners on Wednesday, a day after more than two dozen Sunni political prisoners were mass executed by the regime prompting international condemnation.

Three of the victims were hanged on Wednesday, August 3, in a prison in the city of Saqqez, in the western Iranian province of Kurdistan.

They were identified as Mostafa Salimzadeh, 23; Loqman Rashidi, 27; and Kaveh Sohrabi, 31.

A fourth prisoner was hanged on Wednesday in a jail in the city of Taybad, in north-east Iran. He was identified as Majid Nazari.

A further report surfaced on Thursday that three more prisoners were hanged on July 27 in prisons in the north-western Iranian province of Western Azerbaijan. 

They were identified as three Iranian Kurds - Ahmad Rastegar, Shahpour Hashtian and Davoud Mohammadi.

Source: NCRI, August 4, 2016

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