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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…

Kopardi case: Three get death for India teen's rape and murder

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A court in India has given the death penalty to three men convicted for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl.

The men, in their 20s, had raped the teenager in July last year. 

The court had declared them guilty on 18 November.


The victim belonged to the upper-caste Maratha community while the men were all Dalits, formerly untouchables.

The crime saw millions of Marathas holding silent protests across the western state of Maharashtra for weeks.

The victim and her attackers both lived in Kopardi village and the crime is widely known as the Kopardi case.

The brutality of the crime has led many to compare the case with the 2012 gang-rape of a young woman on a bus in the Indian capital, Delhi.

There has been increased focus on crimes against women in recent years in India.

However, thousands of rapes continue to be reported to the police every year.

Source: BBC News, November 29, 2017


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