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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: Confession of a State Mullah to the Execution of Indigent Offenders

Public execution in Iran
"There are two types of lawyers: the lawyers who are well acquainted with the law, and the lawyers who are well acquainted with the judge." - French proverb.

NCRI - A member of the Iranian regime's parliament referring to the regime’s judiciary emphasizing on more executions and that 5,300 people are on death row in the regime's prisons, said: “The trafficker who has 500 million dollars in Tehran and elsewhere is released, but we will execute the poor drug mule or offender.”

Mullah Hassan Norouzi, the regime’s parliamentary commission representative, addressing the Under Secretary General of the National Drug Control Headquarters, Ali Mouayedi, said: “Mr. Mouayedi said, give us time, we gave 10 months to a program, they did not give us results. They can just tell us that we're executing. We say you are executing, but who are you executing? Mr. Mouayedi, how many international smugglers have you executed? Why do you want to execute drug mules and innocent people and why do you want to execute 5,300 people who are in prison?”

He added: “When did we say that the execution would be lifted... We did not say the death penalty would be eliminated. We said that you would have to execute someone who deserves to be executed. That trafficker, who has 500 million dollars in Tehran and elsewhere, is freed by top-notch attorneys, but a poor drug offender who has 35 grams of industrial narcotics cannot defend himself and have a lawyer gets executed, for what?

Source: NCRI, August 12, 2017 (edited for reasons of clarity)

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