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…

Iran: Inmates Hanged in Rajai Shahr Prison

Public execution in Iran
Iran Human Rights (Jan 4 2018): On the morning of Thursday, two prisoners from Varamin were executed at Rajai Shahr Prison. The official media had earlier reported the execution of a juvenile offender at the same prison.

According to a close source, on the morning of Thursday January 4, a prisoner named Abolfazl Ghorbani was executed at Rajai Shahr Prison. He was sentenced to death on the charge of murder and had been in prison for four years.

Abolfazl Ghorbani was transferred to solitary confinement along with two other prisoners named Amir hossein Pourjafar and Mohammad Karimi from ward 10 of Rajai Shahr Prison on Monday January 1.

Official media had reported the execution of Amir hossein Pourjafar, who was only 16 at the time of the murder. This child offender was sentenced to death on the charge of raping and murdering an Afghan child.

Mohammad Karimi who was sentenced to death, delayed his execution by asking for time from the plaintiffs. This was the second time he was scheduled to be executed. He will be executed if he can’t pay 180.000$ to the plaintiffs.

“Amir hossein Pourjafar begged Setayesh’s father for mercy until the very last moment, but her father Said nothing and pulled the stool himself,” said a close source to Iran Human Right (IHR).

It should be noted that all of these prisoners were from Varamin Prison. The execution of Abolfazl Ghorbani has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 5, 2018

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