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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: Prisoner Hanged on Murder Charges

Iran Human Rights (MAY 3 2017): On Sunday April 30, a prisoner was reportedly executed at Hamadan Central Prison on murder charges, and another prisoner was returned to his cell after his execution was temporarily halted.

Close sources have identified the prisoner who was executed as Imran Askardasht, 30 years of age.

"He was charged with murder in 2010," a close source tells Iran Human Rights.

On the same day, a prisoner in Hamadan Central Prison, who is on death row on murder charges, had his execution sentence temporarily halted upon receiving consent from the plaintiffs on his case file. 

Close sources have identified this prisoner as Bakhtiar Leilinejad, 31 years of age.

Imran and Bakhtiar were both transferred to solitary confinement on Saturday April 29 in preparation for their executions.

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 3, 2017

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