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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…

London ‘death to gays’ preacher Anjem Choudary jailed for five years over ISIS support

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary
Radical preacher Anjem Choudary
Radical London preacher Anjem Choudary, who previously called for gay people to be stoned to death, has been jailed for five years on terror charges after allegedly encouraging support for ISIS.

The hardline Islamic preacher is the former UK head of the Islamist group al-Muhajiroun or Islam4UK, which was banned in the UK in 2010.


Choudary, who frequently causes controversy with his extremist views and high-profile protests, had faced charges under terrorism laws for calling on social media for people to support ISIS.

He was charged alongside Mohammed Rahman, 32, of Whitechapel, east London, with one offence under section 12 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which bans people from “inviting support for a proscribed organisation”.

Today, Mr Choudary was jailed for five and a half years after backing the group in an oath of allegiance published online.

Justice Holroyde sentenced him during the trial at the Old Bailey.

The preacher is known for his extreme anti-gay views.

He claimed in a Fox News interview last year that he thought those found guilty of “sodomy”, where there are four witnesses, should be stoned to death under Sharia law, which he said should be implemented worldwide.

Source: Pink News, Nick Duffy, September 6, 2016

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary jailed for five years


ISIS terrorists throw a gay man off a building top in Iraq in November 2015
ISIS terrorists throw a gay man off a building top in Iraq in November 2015
Radical preacher Anjem Choudary has been jailed for five-and-a-half years for inviting support for the so-called Islamic State group.

The 49-year-old was convicted at the Old Bailey after backing the group in an oath of allegiance published online.

Police say Choudary's followers have carried attacks in the UK and abroad.

The judge, who described Choudary as calculating and dangerous, passed the same sentence on his confidant Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, 33.

The trial heard the pair also used speeches to urge support for IS after it declared a caliphate in the summer of 2014.

Choudary, of Ilford, east London, and Rahman, from Palmers Green, north London, were convicted last month of inviting support for IS - an offence contrary to section 12 of the Terrorism Act 2000 - between 29 June 2014 and 6 March 2015.

Counter-terrorism chiefs blame the preacher and the proscribed organisations which he helped to run, such as al-Muhajiroun, for radicalising young men and women including the killers of soldier Lee Rigby in 2013.

But they said they had been unable to act for many years as he had stayed "just within the law".

Passing sentence, the judge, Mr Justice Holroyde, said the pair "crossed the line between the legitimate expression of your own views and a criminal act".

"A significant proportion of those listening to your words would be impressionable persons looking to you for guidance on how to act," he said.

He told Choudary he had failed to condemn "any aspect" of what IS was doing, adding: "In that way you indirectly encouraged violent terrorist activity."

Source: BBC News, September 6, 2016

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