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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: 18 Executed Including Two Women and One in Public

Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments
Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments
18 Executions Including 2 Women and 1 in Public and Mass Arrests

The Iranian regime hanged 18 prisoners over the past 3 days in various cities. 

On March 6, 2 young prisoners in the prison of Sari, 2 other prisoners, including a 70-year-old man in Orumiyeh Central Prison and 2 others in the prison of Garmsar were hanged.

The day before, a prisoner was hanged in public in Buin Zahra (Qazvin province) and 3 in Ghezel Hessar Prison in Karaj. 

On March 4, 8 prisoners were hanged in Rasht, Orumiyeh, Shahroud and Hamedan prisons. 

2 of the 4 prisoners executed in Rasht were women.

At the same time arbitrary arrests under false pretexts have broadened across the country. 

An all-women's party was raided and its organizers arrested, 34 young men and women were arrested in Ahwaz, 14 people were arrested in Sepidan (Fars Province), and 13 people were arrested in Bandar Anzali (northern Iran) were among the arrests made in recent days.

The goal of the wave of executions and arbitrary arrests is to intensify the atmosphere of fear and to prevent the spread of social protests, whose increasing trend has frightened the mullahs' regime.

Source: NCRI, March 7, 2017

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