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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 executes 4 men, including 2 of its own members, for the 'crime' of gay sex

A gay man is thrown off a building top by ISIS militants, Iraq, Aug. 20, 2016
A gay man is thrown off a building top by ISIS militants, Iraq, Aug. 20, 2016
Extreme violent images emerge of ISIS killing two of its members for homosexuality

Islamic extremists have murdered four men, including two of its own members, on charges of homosexuality and sodomy.

Photos of the four blindfolded men being held by their ankles and then thrown from the roof of a former insurance company building, have been exposed to the public.

The execution was carried out in dour al-Toub area in the central city of Mosul, Iraq on 20 August.

ISIS then transferred the bodies, after they had been finished off by stoning, to a hole west of Mosul.

‘Even though the National Insurance building is destroyed, yet the terror outfit is using it for carrying out executions,’ the source told Iraq News.

Ever since ISIS have come to power in Iraq and parts of Syria, researchers have said many men have been forced to join the group and fight or face being executed themselves.

These killings just add to the dozens of gay men under the depraved ISIS regime.

ISIS have described gay people as the ‘worst of creatures’.


Mosul Iraq, August 20, 2016


Source: Gay Star News, August 23, 2016

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