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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: Stoning Sentence for a Woman and a Man, Increasing Sentences of Brutal Amputations, Flogging

Medieval and barbaric: Public flogging in Iran
Medieval and barbaric: Public flogging in Iran
The criminal judiciary of the clerical regime in the Lorestan province sentenced a man and a woman to barbaric punishment of stoning (Kashkan state website, February 4, 2017). 

In another incident,Yoiusef Parvaneh, a 70 year old prisoner, has been transferred from Karaj Ghezel Hessar prison to Orumiyeh Central prison for carrying out the inhumane amputation of his fingers. 

His alleged charge is theft in 2009. Since the plaintiff in the case is a criminal revolutionary guard, the regime’s judiciary ignored the appeal of this prisoner and intends to carry out the sentence.

The judiciary of the regime has sentenced two brothers in Yazd, in addition to life imprisonment, to flogging and hand amputation. (state run Mizan news agency, January 17, 2017)

Also a young woman in Tehran has been sentenced to a year in exile and 99 lashes for having a “telephone conversation with a man” (Rokna site – February 4, 2017).

Authorities of two sites in Rasht were sentenced respectively to 114 and 40 lashes for insulting a so-called representative of the regime (Asr Iran newspaper February 4, 2017). 

On January 18, a reporter in Shahroud was sentenced to 40 lashes. Earlier, the sentence of 40 lashes in the case of another reporter in Najaf Abad was implemented.

Javad Larijani, the so-called president of the human rights commission in the Judiciary who has no other role than theorizing torture and execution in this regime, in defense of these brutal sentences ridiculously described the Velayeat Faqih regime as “the biggest democracy in Western Asia” and with the usual flagrancy of the regime officials stressed that the regime “is not afraid of human rights offensives”. (state run Mehr news agency, January 17, 2017).

The religious fascism ruling Iran is the disgrace of contemporary humanity and should be ostracized from the family of nations. 

The file of catastrophic situation of human rights in Iran should be referred to the UN Security Council and leaders of the regime must be held accountable for their black record of their crimes.


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