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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: Man Hanged in Public in Arak

Public hanging, Arak, Iran, April 13, 2017
Public hanging, Arak, Iran, April 13, 2017
Iran Human Rights (APR 13 2017): A prisoner who was sentenced to death on six counts of murder charges was hanged in public in the city of Arak (Markazi province).

According to a report by the Iranian state-run media, ISNA, the execution was carried out on Thursday April 13 in front of a crowd of people. 

The report identifies the prisoner as Abbas Sahraei, 27 years of age. 

Mr. Sahraei was reportedly arrested about three months ago and sentenced to death in a hasty judicial process.

IHR is deeply worried that Abbas Sahraei did not receive a fair trial that meets international standards. 

Iran is among the very few countries in the world still carrying out executions in public. 

"We call on Iran's dialogue partners to push for an end to this practice," says Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, spokesperson for Iran Human Rights.

IHR has obtained a video clip of the execution being carried out (Warning: Graphic Content).





Source: Iran Human Rights, April 13, 2017

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