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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, including 2 Afghan nationals

Public execution in Iran
4 Prisoners Including Afghan Citizens Hanged on Drug Charges

4 prisoners, including 2 Afghan citizens, were reportedly hanged at Taybad Prison (Razavi Khorasan province, northeastern Iran) on drug related charges.

According to a report by the human right news agency HRANA, the executions were carried out on Wednesday January 18. 

The report identifies one of the prisoners as Habib Khazayi. The names of the other three prisoners are not known at this time.

Iranian official sources, including the media and the Judiciary, have not announced these 4 executions. It is not clear whether these prisoners received a fair trial or had access to a lawyer.

"Young Man" Executed on Murder Charges


A young man was reportedly hanged at Jiroft Prison (Kerman province, southern Iran) on murder charges.

According to a report by the Iranian state-run news agency Jaam-e Jam, the execution was carried out on Wednesday January 18. 

The report claims the young man was sentenced to death for the murder of his step parents. 

The prosecutor's office and the revolutionary court in Jiroft have identified the prisoner only by the initials "M.Sh."

Although Iranian official sources have described the prisoner as a young man, they have not released his exact age. It is not clear whether the prisoner received a fair trial or had access to a lawyer.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 20, 2017

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