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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 sentences eight men to death over 'Islamic State' attack in Tehran

Public execution Iran
The men were found guilty of aiding 5 militants who attacked the parliament and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's mausoleum. 18 people died in the assault last year.

An Iranian court on Sunday sentenced 8 men to death over attacks claimed by the "Islamic State" last June.

The men were found guilty of helping the 5 terrorists who attacked the parliament and a shrine to Iran's revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the head of the Tehran Revolutionary Courts, Mousa Ghazanfarabadi, told state TV.

Ghazanfarabadi said the sentence could be appealed within 20 days in Iran's Supreme Court.

A further 18 people face trial over the attacks, according to the court's director.

Deadly assault


18 people died and more than 50 were wounded when suicide bombers and gunmen launched the assault on the parliament and Khomeini's mausoleum in Tehran. 

IS claimed responsibility for the attack.

Security forces killed all the attackers. Iran said the assailants had fought for IS in Syria and Iraq.

Ghazanfarabadi said courts will later hear claims filed by families of the victims against the United States and Saudi Arabia, whom predominantly Shiite Muslim Iran accuses of supporting the IS, a Sunni Muslim militant group. Both countries deny that accusation.

Source: Deutsche Welle, May 13, 2018


8 Daesh members get death penalty


Convicts sentenced for 2017 attack on parliament building, official says

An Iranian court sentenced eight Daesh members to death over a 2017 attack on the Iranian parliament, a judicial official said on Sunday.

"8 people were handed the death penalty and 18 others face trial over last year's deadly attacks. The convicts have 20 days to appeal. The trials began last month," President of Tehran Revolutionary Court Ghazanfar Abadi told Iranian state TV.

Simultaneous attacks on the parliament building and the Supreme Leader Imam Khomeini's Mausoleum killed 17 people and wounded nearly 50 in June 2017.

Source: aa.com.tr, May 13, 2018


At least one prisoner executed at Rajai Shahr Prison on murder charges


According to a close source, on the morning of Wednesday, May 9, a prisoner was executed at Rajai Shahr Prison. 

The prisoner, charged with murder, was identified as Reza Hamidi.

The prisoner was transferred to the solitary confinement from ward 10 of Rajai Shahr Prison on Monday, May 7.

A close source told Iran Human Rights, “Reza was sentenced to death on the charge of murdering his mother-in-law and he failed to gain the consent of the plaintiffs.”

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 10, 2018


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