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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: 18-year-old boy hanged in public

Public hanging of an 18-year-old boy
in Ghaemshahr, Iran, Sept. 14, 2013
Iran Human Rights, September 14: An 18-year-old boy was hanged in public in the town of Ghaemshahr (northern Iran) this morning.

According to the state run Iranian news agencies the 18-year-old boy was identified as Erfan Gholinejad and was convicted of a rape committed in April 2013. He was arrested in June 2013 according to the reports.

Depending on Erfan’s exact date of birth, there is a possibility that he was under 18 years of age at the time of committing the alleged crime. Iran Human Rights is currently investigating this matter.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Sept. 14, 2013

Photos of the execution (Warning: Graphic Content) - Source: HRA News














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