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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: Three Young Prisoners Hanged on Murder Charges

Public execution in Iran
Three young prisoners were hanged in Adel Abad Prison, but the Iranian authorities are silent about it.

Iran Human Rights (AUG 5 2017): On the morning of Tuesday August 1, three prisoners in their early twenties were reportedly hanged at Shiraz's Adel Abad Prison on murder charges.

Close sources have identified the prisoners as Abolhassan Abravan, Ata Atazadeh, and Hassan Arefianfar. 

The prisoners were reportedly under the age of 20 at the time of their arrest four years ago for murder through attempted robbery. 

Another individual was reportedly present during the robbery, Mohsen Pourmand, but he was issued a 13-year prison sentence.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the state-run media, have not announced these three executions.

Source: Iran Human Rights, August 6, 2017

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