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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: Two hanged in public for 'waging war against God'

Two men were hanged in public in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran, on Jan. 8, 2017.
Two men were hanged in public in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran, on Jan. 8, 2017.
Two prisoners were hanged in public in the Kermanshah province on Moharebeh ('waging war against God') charges.

Iran Human Rights (JAN 10 2017): Two prisoners were hanged in public in the city of Sarpol-e Zahab (Kermanshah province, western Iran) on Moharebeh charges.

According to a report by the Iranian state-run media IRIB, the executions were carried out in public on the morning of Sunday January 8.

The prisoners were reportedly charged with armed robbery and the murder of a police officer.

Although the state-run media has not provided the names of the prisoners, the unofficial news agency, Kurdpa, has identified the two prisoners as Rouhollah Koshtemad and Sajjad Zarsineh.

Photos of the execution (via Iran Human Rights):

Two men were hanged in public in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran, on Jan. 8, 2017.
A medieval theocracy and barbaric punishments

Two men were hanged in public in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran, on Jan. 8, 2017.

Two men were hanged in public in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran, on Jan. 8, 2017.


Source: Iran Human Rights, January 10, 2017

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