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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…

New Online Resource: The Lethal Injection Information Center

There's an important new lethal-injection resource online: The Lethal Injection Resource Center's new website.

The Lethal Injection Information Center is a hub for manufacturers, distributors, and stakeholders interested in preventing the misuse of medicines in lethal injections.


The Lethal Injection Information Center



The Lethal Injection Information Center is an initiative of the human rights organization Reprieve, which has been collaborating with pharmaceutical companies in their efforts to prevent what the industry describes as "the misuse of medicines in lethal injections."

Reprieve is a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales, registered company number 5777831; and a registered charity in England and Wales, charity number 1114900. Our registered office is 10 Queen St Pl, London EC4R 1BE.

Source: DPN, February 2018


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