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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…

Iran: Man Hanged in Khoy Central Prison

Public execution, Iran
Iran Human Rights (Mar 12, 2018): A prisoner was hanged at Khoy Central Prison on rape charges.

According to a report by HRANA, on the morning of Sunday, March 11, a prisoner was executed at Khoy Central Prison on rape charges.

The prisoner was identified as Javad Golneyyat, and he had two young girls.

A close source said, “Mr. Golneyyat was sentenced to death on rape charges. He was executed at Khoy Central Prison this morning. He denied the accusation. That’s why his family and I went to prison today and asked the prison warden to delay the execution but all our efforts were in vain, and he was executed anyway.”

The execution of this prisoner, which is confirmed by IHR sources, has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

Source: Iran Human Rights, March 14, 2018


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