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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…

6 Prisoners Executed in Northeastern Iran, 3 Scheduled For Execution

Public hanging in Iran
6 prisoners were executed in 2 different Iranian prisons early (...) morning, May 24

According to the Kurdish Human Rights Network 5 prisoners were hanged in the prison of Tabriz. 

Three of the prisoners were identified as "Kazem Hajaji", "Seyed Ali Mousavi" and "Jaber Fakhri". All the 5 prisoners were convicted of murder and sentenced to qisas (retribution in kind).

The website "No to prison, no to death penalty" reported about the execution of one prisoner in the prison of Ardebil. 

The prisoner is identified as "Davoud Hamdard" and was charged with drug offences. Iran Human Rights (IHR) has confirmed the execution of Mr. Hamdard.

None of the above mentioned executions were announced by official Iranian sources.

IHR sources have reported about the scheduled execution of 1 prisoner from Rajaishahr prison of Karaj (west of Tehran). According to these sources the prisoner scheduled to be executed publicly in the coming days.

2 other prisoners identified as "Abdolkarim Shahnavazi" and "Saeed Hood" were transferred to solitary confinement in the prison of Zahedan Monday morning in preparation for execution. Both the prisoners were charged with drug offences.

It seems that the Iranian authorities have resumed the executions after a short break on the occasion of the presidential elections.

Source: iranhr.net, May 24, 2017

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