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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…

Two Prisoners Executed in Northern Iran on Unknown Charges

Public execution in Iran
Two unidentified prisoners were hanged in northern Iran on unknown charges.

Iran Human Rights (AUG 6 2016): Two unidentified prisoners were reportedly hanged on unknown charges at Choubindar, Qazvin's central prison (northern Iran). 

According to unofficial source, HRANA, the executions were carried out on the morning of Wednesday August 3. 

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and state media, have been silent about these two executions. Many of the executions carried out in Iran are not announced by official Iranian sources. 

Human rights groups, including Iran Human Rights, are worried that the number of executions in Iran is much higher than known.

Iran Human Rights had previously reported on other executions carried out on August 3rd in Iran.

 A prisoner was hanged at Taybad Prison (Razavi Khorasan province, northeastern Iran) on drug related charges and three prisoners were hanged at Saqqez Central Prison (Kurdistan province, northwestern Iran) on drug related charges.

Source: Iran Human Rights, August 6, 2016

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