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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: Two Men and a Woman Hanged on Drug Charges

Public execution, Iran
Two men and a woman were hanged on drug related charges at Rasht's central prison.

Iran Human Rights (JULY 2 2017): On Saturday July 1, two men and one woman were reportedly hanged at Rasht's central prison on drug related charges. 

According to close sources, these three prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement on Thursday in preparation for their executions. 

Close sources have identified the two men as Sallaholdin Par and Jafar Saadanloo. The woman was identified as the wife of Jafar Saadanloo, but her name is not known at this time.

"Sallaholdin was sentenced to death on the charge of trafficking and possessing three kilograms of crystal meth," an informed source told Iran Human Rights.

Since the start of 2017, 133 individuals have been executed in Iran on drug related charges. 

Iranian parliament members had formerly requested from the Judiciary to stop drug related executions for at least five thousand prisoners pending further investigation. 

However, the request has not stopped the Judiciary from carrying out death sentences for prisoners with drug related charges.


Prisoner Hanged on Drug Charges


On Sunday July 2, a prisoner was reportedly hanged at Zanjan Prison on drug related charges. Close sources have identified the prisoner as Abbas Savaghi, 38 years of age, arrested in 2015 on drug related charges.

"Abbas was married and worked as a taxi driver. They had found some crystal meth in his car," an informed source tells Iran Human Rights. "Executions in Zanjan Prison are normally carried out on Tuesdays, but they carried out Abbas's execution on Sunday."

Iran Human Rights had published a report warning about the imminent execution of Abbas Savaghi and 16 others.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 2, 2017

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