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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…

Morocco: King Mohammed VI Pardons 1,272 Convicts on Throne Day

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On the the Throne Day, to be celebrated on Saturday in Morocco, King Mohammed VI granted pardon to 1,272 persons who were convicted by different courts across the Kingdom, the Ministry of Justice said in a statement.

The detained beneficiaries of the pardon are 992:

-- 11 inmates benefited from the pardon over their remaining prison term.

-- 939 inmates had their prison terms reduced.

-- Sentences for 23 convicts were commuted from death penalty to life imprisonment.

-- 19 inmates had their prison sentences commuted from life imprisonment to fixed prison terms.


The free beneficiaries of the pardon are 280:

-- 53 inmates benefited from pardon over their imprisonment term or remaining prison term.

-- 15 inmates had their prison sentences dropped and fines maintained.

-- 12 inmates benefited from pardon over their prison terms and fines

-- 200 inmates had their fines annulled.

Pardon is granted to a number of prisoners by the Sovereign on the occasion of religious and major national celebrations.

Source: moroccoworldnews.com, July 31, 2016

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