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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: Prisoner Executed in Public, Juvenile Offender on the Verge of Execution

Public hanging in Ilam, Iran, on December 22, 2016
NCRI - This morning, December 22, a prisoner was hanged in public in the city of Ilam – Western Iran.

The public execution was carried out this morning, in the city center of Ilam in the presence of chief Justice, the public prosecutor, criminal justice and police chief, the state run Mehr news agency reported.

Also on Monday, December 20th three Baluchi prisoners were hanged in Birjand Prison – Eastern Iran.

Meanwhile Mohammad Reza Haddadi who was 15 years old at the time of arrest (2002) on charges of robbery and murder is due for execution. 

Haddadi has repeatedly denied all the charges during the whole interrogation process, which has been confirmed by the ones who share the same charges with him

He has been also deprived of having access to lawyers.

Source: NCRI, December 22, 2016

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