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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: Grandma Caught With 1,500 Ecstasy Tablets, Crystal Meth at Kualanamu Airport

Indonesian police drug bust (file photo)
Indonesian police drug bust (file photo)
Jakarta. Security officers at Kualanamu International Airport in North Sumatra have handed a 54-year-old woman over to police after finding 1,500 ecstasy tablets and nearly 30 grams of crystal methamphetamine in her possession on Sunday (07/02).

The woman, who has been identified as Hajjah Isdiani, is reportedly from Kalimantan Island. 

The drugs were found hidden inside her underwear during a routine check by airport security personnel.

During a subsequent interrogation, Hajjah told the officers that the drugs originated from a drug dealer in Lubuk Pakam, a town in North Sumatra province. 

She confessed that she had been offered Rp 15 million ($1,100) to smuggle the drugs.

"The evidence was seized from inside the bra worn by the suspect. She was a passenger on Lion Air flight JT 913 traveling from Kualanamu to Balikpapan. She was handed over to the police," said Kuswadi, the chief of security at Kualanamu airport.

The airport is situated 39 kilometers from the provincial capital Medan.

Kuswadi said the police are conducting further investigations.

Source: Jakarta Globe, Arnold H Sianturi, February 08, 2016

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