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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…

Northwestern Iran: Four Prisoners Hanged

Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments
Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments
Two prisoners were hanged on drug charges and another two on murder charges at Urmia's central prison (West Azerbaijan province, northwestern Iran).

Iran Human Rights (JAN 24 2017): Two prisoners were reportedly hanged at Urmia's central prison on the morning of Monday January 23. 

According to close sources, the prisoners were sentenced to death on murder charges. 

Close sources have identified these prisoners as Osman Ghavitasi and Hamed Hamdollah.

The human rights news agencies HRANA and the Kurdistan Human Rights Network have reported on the execution of two prisoners at Urmia's central prison on Saturday January 21. 

According to these reports, the prisoners were sentenced to death on drug related charges, and one of the men had disabilities and was unable to move without a wheelchair. 

The two prisoners were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement on Friday January 20 in preparation for their executions. Information about them:

Ghabl Ali Bapeir
Sentenced to death on the charge of possession and trafficking 300 grams of heroin.
Was detained in the prison's clinic due to his disabilities and illnesses.

Sina Hosseinpour
22 years old
Was detained in the juvenile offenders ward
Sentenced to death for possession and trafficking drugs.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the media, have not announced these four executions.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 24, 2017

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