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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 Hanged in Public

Iran: Barbaric and medieval punishments
Iran: Barbaric and medieval punishments
Iran Human Rights (JAN 16, 2017): A prisoner was hanged in the village of Bektash near Miandoab (northwestern Iran), reported official Iranian news agencies.

The public hanging was carried out on the morning of Monday January 16. 

The man, who was not identified by name, was convicted of murdering five members of a family in summer 2016.

According to the Prosecutor of Miandoab, Adel Gol-Hosseini, the man was sentenced to death within two months after his arrest.

Photos published in the Iranian media show hundreds of people watching the execution.

The website "Kurdistan Human Rights Network" identified the prisoner as Ali Aghayan, 24 years old.

At least 32 prisoners have been executed in different Iranian cities in the last six days.

Photos of the execution:



Source: Iran Human Rights, January 16, 2017

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