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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's Attorney-General says death row inmate executions' imminent return just a 'joke'

Bali's Kerobokan prison
Bali's Kerobokan prison
The prospect of Indonesia reverting back to death row prisoner executions in a matter of weeks has been clarified as only "a joke".

A spokesman for Indonesian Attorney-General HM Prasetyo said the minister was "joking" when he recently said the nation may resume executions after the rainy season.

Indonesian ministers have repeatedly said the nation would begin executing death row prisoners when its economy picks up.

Asked for a specific date, Attorney-General HM Prasetyo told Indonesia's MetroTV: "We will have to see because it's rainy season now. We have to wait until the weather get better."

The wet season normally ends in April.

A spokesman for the minister told the ABC the minister was not being serious.

"He means the execution is a priority, but it needs preparation and of course the priority for Indonesia currently is the economy," he said.

Indonesia has not killed any death row prisoners for almost 12 months and authorities said the country would resume executions when the economy improved.

Australians ringleaders of the Bali Nine, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, were executed by firing squad in Indonesia in April last year.

Source: abc.net.au, Adam Harvey, April 7, 2016

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