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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: Mohsen Babaie and Six Others Executed at Rajai Shahr Prison

Public execution in Iran
Iran Human Rights (APR 19 2017): Seven prisoners were reportedly executed at Rajai Shahr Prison on murder charges on the morning of Wednesday April 19.

These prisoners were among eleven who were transferred to solitary confinement on Sunday April 16 in preparation for their executions. 

The four other prisoners were reportedly returned to their cells, including Mehdi Bahlouli, who was reportedly 17 at the time of his arrest.

Sources close to Iran Human Rights have confirmed the names of three of the prisoners who were executed: Mohsen Babaie, Farzad Ghahreman, and Siamack Shafie.

Close sources have informed Iran Human Rights that Mohsen Babaie was born in 1988, and he was arrested in 2011. 

"Mohsen was an accountant. In 2011, he and his business partner got into a physical altercation. His partner died after Mohsen punched him in the face. If the murder victim's son does not forgive him, Mohsen will be executed," a source close to Mohsen tells Iran Human Rights.

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

Source: Iran Human Rights, April 19, 2017

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