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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…

Man Executed In Eastern Iran; Four hanged over 'Moharebeh' charges

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Iran Human Rights (Jan 2 2018): A 30-year-old prisoner was hanged at Mashhad Central Prison on murder charges.

According to Rokna News Agency, on the morning of Sunday December 31, a prisoner was hanged at Mashhad Central Prison. 

The prisoner was identified as Ali H., 30.

He was sentenced to death on the charge of murdering his own father in Jimabad Valley in 2014.

The family members of the prisoner were present as the plaintiffs at the time of his execution.

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 142 of the 530 execution sentences in 2016 were implemented due to murder charges. 

There is a lack of a classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing death sentence for any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 3, 2018


Execution of Four Prisoners Charged with Moharebeh


Iran Human Rights (Jan 2 2018): The official media finally confirmed the execution of four prisoners who were charged with Moharebeh for robbery after two weeks.

According to Rokna News Agency, four prisoners were hanged at Rajai Shahr Prison on the charge of Moharebeh. 

The report doesn’t mention the time of the execution.

Iran Human Rights (IHR) had earlier reported the execution of these prisoners on Wednesday December 20. 

At least 8 more prisoners were executed at Rajai Shahr Prison on the same day. 

One of the prisoners who had returned to his cell by asking for time had told us that, “The four prisoners were not among the other death-row prisoners, who were executed at Rajai Shahr Prison, and were transferred to an unknown place one hour earlier.”

Three of the prisoners were identified as Moslem Mohammadi, Mohsen Kamali, and Abolfazl.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 3, 2018


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