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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: 2 executed for 'waging war against God', 2 over drug charges

Iran: Barbaric and medieval punishments
Iran: Barbaric and medieval punishments
3 Prisoners Executed - 2 for Moharebeh 1 for Drug Charges

3 prisoners were reportedly executed at Rajai Shahr Prison on Wednesday January 4.

According to confirmed sources, 2 of the prisoners were executed on Moharebeh charges (enmity against God) and the other prisoner was executed on drug related charges.

According to the human rights news agency, HRANA, the 2 prisoners hanged on Moharebeh charges were accused of armed robbery. The names of these prisoners are Traub Rashidi and Ali Cheshmeh Noushi.

The other prisoner has been identified as "Sajad". He was reportedly transferred to Rajai Shahr Prison from Karaj Central Prison and executed on drug related charges.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the media, have been silent on these executions.

Prisoner Hanged on Drug Trafficking Charges


At least 1 prisoner, identified as Mohammad Zebardast, was hanged at Lakan, Rasht's central prison, on drug related charges.

According to close sources, Mohammad Zebardast's execution was carried out on the morning of Wednesday January 4.

A confirmed source tells Iran Human Rights that Mr. Zebardasht was arrested in 2011 for possession of 2 kilograms of crystal meth and 2 kilograms and 800 grams of opium. 

He was sentenced to death in September 16, 2012 by a court in Rasht (Gilan province, northern Iran) for drug trafficking. Mr. Zebardasht was held in prison from his arrest to his execution.

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

Close sources say it is likely that more than 1 prisoner was hanged at Lakan Prison on Wednesday.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 7, 2017

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