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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: Executions in Babol and Eslamabad-e-Gharb

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Iran Human Rights (May 6, 2018): A prisoner was executed at Babol Prison on murder charges.

According to Rokna news agency, on the morning of Saturday, May 5, a prisoner was hanged at Babol Prison on murder charges.

The prisoner, identified as A. F., 27, committed murder over a financial dispute in 2015.

According to the state-run news agency, Javan, quoting Younes Hosseini Alemi, the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Mazandaran, “The defendant, A.F., son of Shidollah, who was sentenced to death on the charge of murdering J. A., was hanged at Babol Prison in the presence of the plaintiffs.”

Prisoner hanged at Eslamabad-e-Gharb Prison on murder charges


According to HRANA news agency, on the morning of Monday, April 30, a prisoner was executed at Eslamabad-e-Gharb Prison on murder charges. The prisoner was identified as A’zam Khazaei.

A close source told Iran Human Rights, “A’zam Khazaei had shot and killed her wife. Her wife’s relatives encourage her to divorce A'zam and marry someone else because A’zam had been imprisoned twice before.”

The execution of this prisoner 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, May 5, 2018


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