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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…

Pakistani woman sentenced to death for killing estranged lover with acid

An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has sentenced a 20-year-old woman to death for killing her 'estranged' lover by throwing acid on him.

The anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Multan district yesterday sentenced Shamira to death and life imprisonment for killing 23-year-old Sadaqat Ali in 2016.

"This is probably a first case in the country in which a woman was handed down death sentence in an acid throwing case," rights activist Abdullah Malik said.

She had killed Sadaqat after inviting him to her residence. Shamria had confessed her crime in the court. She also told that she had relations with Sadaqat Ali.

"He despised me and was going to marry another girl...I could not bear this humiliation and threw acid on him," a police official quoted her statement.

Shamria said she did not wanted to kill him. "I only wanted to make sure that he could not marry someone else," she said.

In October, the Multan court sentenced Yasmeen to death on two counts while also handing her a life imprisonment sentence after finding her guilty of murdering her husband Muhammad Imran Ashraf by throwing acid on him.

Pakistan lifted its moratorium on the death penalty in 2015.

Since then, a total of 465 prisoners have been executed, according to a report by Justice Project Pakistan released in July.

Source: Press Trust of India, December 5, 2017


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In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning