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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…

Nigeria: Man sentenced to death for killing wife, 2 to hang for armed robbery

February 23, 2017: A Lagos High Court in Ikeja sentenced a man, Sulaiman Olalekan, to death by hanging for the murder of his wife, Mrs Chika Egbo on November 20, 2012 in a case of domestic violence.

The convict (Olalekan), on the fateful day, allegedly poured acid on his wife, having become overwhelmed by the fact that the deceased went back to prostitution against his best advice.

Trial judge, Justice Lawal Akapo, in his judgment, convicted Olalekan for the murder of his wife and sentenced him to death accordingly.

Olalekan reportedly met the deceased at Signal Hotel in Ijeshatedo area of Lagos state, where they started a relationship that resulted in marriage.

However, the deceased reportedly reneged on her commitment to the relationship by returning to prostitution, which caused Olalekan to procure acid from a battery charger in Ikotun area of the state and deceitfully invited her to visit with his mother on the said day when he poured raw acid on the deceased.

Arriving at his judgment, Justice Akapo, said he believed that the murder of Chika Egbo by Olalekan was premeditated.

This is coming as a fulfilment of Governor Ambode’s 2016 pledge to make Lagos uncomfortable for perpetrators of domestic violence, after leading an All-Male Walk against Sexual and Gender Based Violence.

February 20, 2017: An Osun State High Court sitting in Iwo sentenced two armed robbers, Sunday Ishaih and Akeem Lamidi, to death by hanging.

The duo were arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy to commit robbery and armed robbery contrary to section 6(b) and section 1(1) & (2), (a) of the Robbery and firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap. R, 11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

A gang of four armed robbers on May 2, 2012 reportedly invaded the residence of one Mrs. Aladete at Asabi Okin, Iwo, Iwo local government area Osun State.

They forcefully gained entrance into the woman’s apartment after digging a hole on the wall in her sitting room.

The victim was thoroughly beaten and threatened with guns while her official vehicle was driven away.

The robbers were later arrested in Ibafo when they were about to sell the vehicle.

When the convicts were first arraigned in court on May 21, 2014 and the charge read out to them, they pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecuting counsel from the state Ministry of Justice, Barr. Bamidele Salawu, called three witnesses and tendered exhibits which were admitted by the court.

Counsel to the convicted persons, C.N.N. Okwusidi, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy.

The presiding judge, Justice Moshood Adeigbe, found the robbers guilty on the two charges and sentenced them to death by hanging.

Sources:  channelstv.com, February 23, 2017; thenationonlineng.net, February 20, 2017

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