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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…

13 countries that will kill you for being gay

Gay men
There are still many countries in which being gay can attract the death penalty for engaging in same-sex sexual relations. Of these countries, all are located in Central Africa or in the Middle East.

There are the countries places on earth that have specific laws which call for the death penalty of those who are found to have engaged in homosexual acts.

Afghanistan


Men could face execution but are more likely to receive long prison sentences. No executions are known to have been handed out since the end of the Taliban rule.

Brunei*


Gay men in Brunei could be stoned or given 10 years in prison if found guilty of homosexual acts.

Iran


In Iran, gay men can be lashed up to 74 times for "immature men" and the death penalty for mature men of sound mind - and where the acts were consenting. Women can be lashed 50 times and can face the death penalty after their 4th conviction.

Mauritania


Homosexuality is against the law in Mauritania and could attract the death penalty, however, there have been no public executions since 1987.

Qatar


In Qatar, gay men may face execution if they are Muslim otherwise men can face fines and a prison sentence which lasts 7 years.

Saudi Arabia


A 2nd conviction of homosexuality in Saudi Arabia will land a death penalty. For the 1st offence, men can face fines, castration, flogging, prison and torture.

Sudan


Homosexuality has been illegal in Sudan since 1899. Death penalty occurs on the 3rd offence for men and 4 offences for women.

Yemen


Married men can expect to be stoned to death if caught having same-sex relations. Unmarried men will receive 100 lashes or 1-year imprisonment.

Libya


Gay men could face death in Libya.

Nigeria


Homosexuality is illegal in some states of Nigeria and could attract the death penalty. These states include: Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Sokoto, Yobe, and Zamfara

Somalia


Homosexuality is illegal in Somalia and could attract a death penalty. Islamic courts have sentenced men to their deaths using Sharia law as their legal basis.

Syria


The actual penalty that gay men should face for homosexual acts is a prison for up to 3 years, however, due to the rise in ISIS a highly advertised death awaits those found guilty of engaging in same-sex sexual acts.

Iraq


Despite homosexuality not being illegal in Iraq, there have been reported executions of gay men in ISIS-controlled areas.


* Brunei is a Sovereign state and not a country. There are some countries where although capital punishment might not be constitutionally ratified there are cases where gay people have been killed because of their sexuality.

Source: thegayuk.com, Newsdesk, May 16, 2018


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