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…

Court Sentences Best friend, Wife to Death Over Murdering Man in Dubai

Dubai courts
The wife was also sentenced to death for aiding and abetting the crime.

A man who set his lover's husband on fire after running him over with his car, was sentenced to death on Tuesday.

The Court of First Instance found the 33-year-old from the Comoros Islands guilty of a premeditated murder charge and also passed down the capital punishment to his lover, 23-year-old Comoros Islands passport holder, on the charge of aiding and abetting him in the murder crime.

Public Prosecution records show the main defendant was having an affair with his friend's wife and together had planned to get rid of the husband.

The court referred the duo to the Court of Misdemeanors on charges of illicit sex and consuming alcohol without a licence.

On October 14, 2016, the wife intentionally started a heated argument with her husband, following which his friend (her lover) offered to reconcile them.

That night, the first accused lured the victim out for a little talk about the latter's marital problems. Shortly thereafter, he picked him up in his car, tied up his feet and hands, punched then struck his head with a concrete block outside his car.

According to the record, the defendant was constantly updating his lover that her husband was still alive. He put the victim inside the car again, banged his head against the car's door, then set him on fire.

The victim's 86-year-old father said he did not hear from his son throughout the day of the incident.

"My son and his wife had been married for four years. They had 2 children. She first told me he went to the beach, then that he was not answering his phone."

The Dubai Police Operation Room was alerted after 11:00pm on October 14, 2016, by two guards about a body had been set ablaze near a warehouse in Al Qusais industrial area.

A police major said the body was discovered at the same time the victim was reported missing. "We summoned his friends and family, including his wife. She admitted she had been cheating on him with his friend for 2 years.

"Around 3am, she called her lover to tell him that she had intentionally provoked her husband. The man came and took her husband out," the major said.

"He kept his friend tied up in his car. At 8pm, he bought some fuel from a station before driving to Al Qusais. After he hit the victim's head repeatedly against the car's door, he pulled him out of the car and ran him over. After making sure he was dead, he poured fuel and set his body on fire."

The wife and her lover confessed to the murder.

Forensic reports showed the victim's body sustained several cranial and facial fractures.

The court ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.

Source: albawaba, March 7, 2018

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