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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…

India: Death penalty to rapist and killer of 4-month-old girl

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The Indore district court on Saturday pronounced death sentence for the convict in rape and murder case of a four-month-old girl. 

The district court announced life term for rape under the POCSO Act and death sentence for murder.

This is the first case in Indore where the verdict has been passed in just 21 days. 

The incident took place in the intervening night of April 18 and 19. 

The infant was raped and her body was recovered soaked in blood from the basement of a building.

Analysing the brutality of the case, DIG Harinarayanachari Mishra had formed an SIT to investigate the matter. 

Sonu Bai, the victim’s mother had demanded that the convict Naveen Gadge be executed at the earliest.

Taking cognizance of such crimes, President Ram Nath Kovind, on April 22, promulgated the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, for effective deterrence against the commission of rape.

The ordinance seeks the death penalty for the rapists of girls below 12 years of age and stringent punishment for perpetrators of rape particularly of girls below 16 years, thereby strengthening the POCSO Act.

Source: dailypioneer.com, May 13, 2018


Indore man gets death penalty after 3-week trial for raping, killing infant


Sunil Bheel was arrested on April 21 for allegedly assaulting the 6-month child after an argument with her mother.

A court in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday sentenced to death a man who 3 weeks ago was arrested for raping and killing a baby girl in Indore.

Sunil Bheel was arrested on April 21 for allegedly assaulting the 6-month child after an argument with her mother. 

Police had used security camera footage to track down Bheel, 21, who was seen carrying the child to the basement of a building near Rajwada fort.

Bheel and the child's parents sold balloons on streets and knew each other. Some media reports said the child was 4 months old.

Source: Hindustan Times: May 13, 2018


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