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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: Four hanged on murder charges

Public execution, Iran
Iran Human Rights (Apr 23, 2018): Four prisoners were executed at Urmia Central Prison on murder charges.

According to a close source, on the morning of Monday, April 23, four prisoners were executed at Urmia Central Prison.

The prisoners, who were sentenced to death on murder charges, were identified as Tayyeb Sheikhnejad Moukeri from ward 4-3, Qader Mohammad Hassan from the mental ward, Yadollah Samadi from ward 10, and Eslam Rashidi from ward 2-1.

The execution of these prisoners has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 240 of the 517 execution sentences in 2017 were implemented due to murder charges. 

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

Source: Iran Human Rights, April 23, 2018


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