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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…

ISIS Publicly Executes Man On Charges Of Homosexuality in Aleppo, Syria

"Crowds including children were then ordered to stone the body."
The terror group has reportedly executed hundreds of men for having same-sex sexual relations.

Images of a Syrian man being thrown to his death after being accused of homosexuality have been released by Islamic State today (December 5).

The unidentified victim was reportedly dragged to the top of a building in Maslamah City in war-torn Aleppo, Syria, before being thrown to his death.

According to reports, crowds including children as young as six were then ordered to stone him.

Capital punishment for men accused of homosexuality has been used by ISIS to assert its supposed ideological purity since the terrorist group began exerting power, with the group describing gay men as the “worst of creatures”.

In September this year, an ISIS defector revealed the extent of the cruelty with which gay and bi men are treated in ISIS-controlled areas, including punitive rape.

“I saw the worst things one can imagine on the face of the Earth,” Kamandar Bakhtiar revealed to the United Arab Emirate’ Alaan TV.

He added: “All these things run counter to Islam. I was very upset by these deeds, but there was nothing I could do.”

Images of men being thrown to their deaths as punishment for suspected homosexuality has become one of the defining features of ISIS occupation in the Middle East. However, according to one former ISIS member, rape is also used as a punishment by the extremist group.

Kamandar Bakhtiar, a former member of the so-called Islamic State’s Afghanistan branch, spoke about some of the punishments he witnessed during his time with the terror group in a video interview published by The Daily Caller.

“During the three months I spent in the ranks of ISIS, I saw the worst things one can imagine on the face of the Earth,” He revealed to the United Arab Emirate’ Alaan TV on September 7.

“They kill and behead innocent people, plunder the property of regular people, and they do the worst possible things, such as raping homosexuals.”

He added: “All these things run counter to Islam. I was very upset by these deeds, but there was nothing I could do.”

Severe punishments for men accused of homosexuality are commonplace in ISIS-controlled territories. According to reports boys as young as 15 have been executed for alleged homosexuality.

In June this year, ISIS praised the deadly attack on gay nightclub, Pulse, which killed 49 people and injured 53 more.

Source: Attitude, Josh Lee, Dec. 5, Sep. 16, 2016

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