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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…

BNN Busts Drug Couriers Carrying 25 Kilos of Meth

Medan. The National Narcotics Agency, or BNN, seized 25 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and arrested four men in the year's biggest drug bust in Medan, North Sumatra on Monday (22/02).

Brig. Gen. Arman Depari, BNN deputy head for narcotics eradication, said the four suspects were captured at a bus terminal on Jalan Sisimangaraja, adding that one of them was injured after being shot by anti-narcotic officers.

“The arrested suspects are being questioned,” Arman told reporters without revealing their identities.

The suspects allegedly have ties to an international narcotics syndicate in Malaysia and other countries, Arman said, adding that Aceh and Riau are believed to be the base of this syndicate.

The bust marks this year's first large raid after the BNN seized 161 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in Karawang, West Java, last December.

The drugs confiscated in December were found packed in boxes in the back of a truck that was transporting them from Surabaya to Jakarta.

Drug courier Tommy claimed he had received the contraband from someone in Surabaya and was meant to take them to a Chinese national identified as Chen Bin in Ancol, North Jakarta.

Source: Jakarta Globe, Feb. 22, 2016

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