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

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…

Timeline of executions in UAE

 Abu Dhabi Central Prison

November 23, 2017

Jordanian convict Nidal Eisa Abdullah, 48, who kidnapped, raped and killed eight-year-old boy Obaida in May 2016, was executed on November 23, 2017.

July 13, 2015

An Emirati woman executed by the firing squad in Abu Dhabi after being convicted of killing an American kindergarten teacher, Ibolya Ryan, in Boutik Mall on Al Reem Island.

January 21, 2014

A Sri Lankan executed by the firing squad in Sharjah after he was found guilty of murdering an Emirati businessman by mowing him down with his car.

December 06, 2012

A Sri Lankan executed by firing squad in Abu Dhabi after being convicted of murder of an Emirati engineer in Al Ain in 2002.

February 10, 2011

Emirati sailor Rashid Al Rashidi executed by a firing squad on charges of raping and murdering four-year-old Mousa, who had come to be known as “Eid child”, in the washroom of a mosque in Al Ghusais.

February 23, 2008

An Emirati man executed on charges of a double murder in the Shamal area of Ras Al Khaimah.

October 30, 2000

Khalifa Khalfan Al Qaizi, 62, an Emirati, convicted of killing Lt Mohammad Al Tunaiji, while he was chasing him in Al Dhaid for stealing a car, executed in Sharjah.

December 23, 1997

Egyptian woman Zainab Ramadan Zaki executed by firing squad in Ras Al Khaimah after she was found guilty of murdering her husband, a national.

July 18, 1997

Three Indians executed in Dubai for murdering two people in Naif area.

October 15, 1996

Emirati Khalid Al Moussagy executed by firing squad in Dubai for abduction, rape and murder of a seven-year-old child.

April 13, 1995

A Sri Lankan maid executed after she was convicted of premeditated murder of a four-year-old Emirati girl in Ras Al Khaimah.

May 29, 1995

An Emirati man executed by the firing squad in Sharjah for premeditated murder.

May 29, 1995

A Somali expatriate executed by the firing squad in Sharjah for murdering a compatriot and stealing his money.

September 26, 1994

Three convicted murderers and a rapist executed by firing squad at Sharjah Central Prison. Ishaq Hussain Juma, Mohammad Moussa Taher and Ebrahim Mohammad Abbas, all stateless, sentenced to death for killing three exchange house workers in October 1992 in Al Dhaid desert. Anwar Mohammad Sulaiman Al Moumari, 29, an Emirati, sentenced to death in December 1993 for raping a 13-year-old schoolgirl.

September 13, 1994

Pakistani Qismat Allah Haji Fadhel Mannan executed at the Central Prison in Wathba for murdering a compatriot.

Source: Gulf News, November 23, 2017

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