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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: Five executed on drug charges

Public execution in Iran
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Four prisoners were reportedly hanged on Saturday September 24 at Tabriz Central Prison (East Azerbaijan province, northwestern Iran).

Iran Human Rights (SEPT 26 2016): Four prisoners on death row for drug related offenses were reportedly executed at Tabriz Central Prison early morning on Saturday September 24.

According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network, the names of the prisoners are: Abdolkarim Bapiri, Mehdi Molaie, Salah Ghaderian, and Ali Mohtabipour.

These four prisoners were reportedly arrested by Iranian authorities in 2013 on drug related charges. 

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the media, have been silent about their executions.

A prisoner was reportedly hanged on drug related charges at Taybad Prison (Razavi Khorasan province, eastern Iran).

Iran Human Rights (SEPT 26 2016): A prisoner sentenced to death on drug related charges was reportedly hanged at Taybad Prison early morning on Sunday September 25.

According to a report by the unofficial news agency, HRANA, the prisoner is Hadi Oskouie, 31 years old. 

The report says that one of Hadi's brothers was recently executed at the same prison on similar charges.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the media, have been silent about Sunday's execution.

Source: Iran Human Rights, September 26, 2016

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