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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 Iraqi man for being gay

Image released by ISIS showing two of its militants throwing a man off a roof in southern Kirkuk for being gay.
Image released by ISIS showing two of its militants throwing a man off a roof
in southern Kirkuk for being gay. (ARA News)
The terrorist group ISIS is crowing that they allegedly executed another gay person. 

The young man was thrown off the roof of a tall building before his lifeless body was stoned by residents of the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk.

“He was thrown off a roof in front of dozens of people,” a local activist told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Then ISIS militants called on the people to stone the victim although he was already dead. They started to barbarically stone his corpse.”

Video footage released by the group shows two masked men throwing the man to his death. 

The graphic video also shows people dutifully stoning the man’s body after he fell. 

“Civilians who live under ISIS suppression are forced to follow any order by the group, otherwise they could get killed,” Raafat al-Zarari said. “People sometimes have no choice but showing loyalty to ISIS. It’s a bitter reality in territories held by this terror group.”

The ISIS-linked Sharia Court had issued a decision to execute every gay man by throwing him from the top of a building, according to eyewitnesses.

Over the past three years, the extremist group has executed dozens of allegedly gay men in its areas of control in Syria and Iraq, but it should be noted that they also routinely accuse political rivals and activists of being gay as a pretext to shame and kill them.

Source: LGBTQ Nation, Bill Browning, August 16, 2016


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