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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…

Indonesia: Pakistan Nationals Among Eight Nabbed With 100 Kgs of Drugs

BNN drug bust: 100 kg of methamphetamine
BNN drug bust: 100 kg of methamphetamine 
Jakarta. The National Narcotics Agency, or BNN, has arrested eight men, including four Pakistan nationals, with around 100 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine worth billions of rupiah in a drug bust at a warehouse in Jepara, Central Java on Wednesday (27/1).

The arrests were made following a tip-off from Yogyakarta and Central Java custom officials after suspicious packages were delivered from Tanjung Mas Port in Central Java capital Semarang to a warehouse belonging to a furniture company identified as Jepara Jaya Internasional.

The Pakistan Nationals, identified as Faiq, Amran Malik, Riaz and Toriq, allegedly smuggled 100 kilograms of drugs by hiding it inside power generator units, BNN chief Comr. Gen. Budi Waseso told reporters on Thursday (28/1), as quoted by Detik.com.

Four other suspects — Yulian, Tommy, Kristiadi and Didit — were arrested in three separate locations in Semarang and Jepara, Budi said, adding that one of them was a village head.

The anti-narcotics agency is still investigating the role of eight suspects in the case, Budi explained.

Source: Jakarta Globe, Y. Sukoyo, January 28, 2016

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