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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: Prisoner Hanged in Public

Public hanging in Iran (file photo)
Iran Human Rights (May 13, 2018): A prisoner was hanged in public in the Southern city of Bandar Abbas on murder charges.

According to Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA), on the morning of Sunday, May 13, a prisoner was executed in public in the Southern city of Bandar Abbas. 

The prisoner was sentenced to execution in public on the charge of murdering two park rangers.

Director-General of Hormozgan's Judiciary Department, Akbari, said, “Two park rangers from Hormozgan were shot by an unauthorized hunter in a protected area on June 23, 2016.”

The report doesn’t mention the identity of the prisoner.

It should be noted that the United Nations condemns public execution. 

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, as well as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, had earlier demanded that public executions be banned.

According to Iran Human Rights (IHR)'s annual report on the death penalty, 31 prisoners were hanged in public in 2017.

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 14, 2018


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