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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: At Least 8 Prisoners Executed on Drug Related Charges

The bodies of some of the men executed in Bandar Abbas Central Prison on Sept. 10 2016
The bodies of some of the men executed in
Bandar Abbas Central Prison on Sept. 10 2016
Eight new executions reported in Iran by official and unofficial sources. All eight prisoners were reportedly executed on drug related charges.

Iran Human Rights (SEPT 11 2016): Seven prisoners were executed at Bandar Abbas Central Prison (Hormozgan province, southern Iran) on drug related charges, reports Iranian state-run media Tabnkak

The hangings were reportedly carried out on Saturday September 10.

According to the unofficial news agency, HRANA, the prisoners were sailors who were sentenced to death on drug related charges. 

HRANA identifies the prisoners as: Ghasem Daryanavard, Amin Bibaki, Khosro Badpa, Sattar Hoot, Mohammad Hanif Boop, Haroun Heykalnejad and Tareq Naraaj.

Last week, at least one prisoner was reportedly executed at Mashhad's Vakilabad Prison on drug related charges. 

The prisoner has been identified by unofficial sources as Einollah Mohammadzadeh, sentenced to death on drug related charges. 

A source close to Mr. Mohammadzadeh told HRANA that "justice was not implemented" in his court hearing. The exact date of Mr. Mohammadzadeh's execution is not known at this time. Additionally, Iranian official sources have been silent regarding his execution.

Iran Human Rights (SEPT 5 2016): The death sentence for an unidentified 22-year-old prisoner, who was charged with the murder of a physician, was reportedly carried out at Ardabil Central Prison on the morning of Saturday September 3.

Iranian state-run news agency Mizan confirmed the execution, quoting Nasser Atabati, Ardabil's public prosecutor. 

The head of the Judiciary in Ardabil reportedly ordered for the case file of this prisoner to be handled and investigated urgently.

Despite the sensitivity of public opinion surrounding the murder and the many rumors that have circulated about the motive, there has not been enough transparency by Iranian official sources regarding the details of the case.

Source: Iran Human Rights, September 5-11, 2016

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