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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: Death Penalty Execution for Drug-Related Convicts to Continue This Year

Bali's Kerobokan prison
Bali's Kerobokan prison
Several drug-related convicts who are on death row will be executed this year.

The Indonesian government is firm in its stance of upholding the drug penalty law for convicted drug traffickers. 

This year, the government will send to the gallows several Indonesian nationals who are on death row for drug trafficking.

This is according to Coordinating Minister for Political, Law and Defense Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.

The minister, however, did not mention the number of inmates who are going to be executed and he also did not identify them.

"This year it will be implemented (death penalty) to Indonesian nationals," Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said in his 1-hour public lecture at Institu Teknologi Bandung (ITB) on Friday (18/3) as reported by Tempo.co. He was commenting on the government's past decisions to delay the execution of drug inmates in response to their new claims of innocence.

In April last year, shortly after the execution of 8 drug traffickers including an Indonesian national, a well-placed official at the Attorney General's Office said the government was making plan to send to the gallows 5 death row prisoners. But, he did not say whether they were drug traffickers.

Meanwhile, in January of last year, 6 drug-related death-row prisoners including 5 foreign nationals, went to the gallows.

Source: globalindonesianvoices.com, March 20, 2016

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