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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…

Singapore: $177k worth of drugs seized in CNB operations

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More than $177,000 worth of drugs have been seized in multiple operations by the Central Narcotics Board (CNB) this week.

The drug haul comprised more than 1.5kg of heroin, 329g of 'Ice', 80g of cannabis, 153 ecstasy tablets, 26 Erimin-5 tablets and ketamine.

Some 103 suspected drug offenders were also arrested in one 4-day operation, which started on Monday and ended on Friday (April 15).

This operation was supported by officers from the Singapore Police Force, and spanned areas including Tampines, Toa Payoh, Ang Mo Kio, Clementi, Punggol, Sembawang, Woodlands and Yishun.

In one of the the cases during the 4-day operation, 570g of heroin worth over $40,000 and more than $2,000 in cash were seized by officers.

The 1st arrest in this case was made on Wednesday in the vicinity of Upper Boon Keng Road, where a 52-year-old Singaporean man was caught with Erimin-5 tablets and drug paraphernalia.

Nearby, officers noticed a 60-year-old Singaporean man behaving suspiciously, and seized over 80g of heroin, seven Erimin-5 tablets and cash from him. Follow-up investigations led to the capture of a 28-year-old Malaysian man the next day, who was found with 450g of heroin in the vicinity of Somerset and is believed to have been a supplier.

The CNB is continuing its investigations into all of the suspects.

It reminded the public that the Misuse of Drugs Act allows for the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine (or pure heroin) trafficked exceeds 15g.

Source: Straits Times, April 15, 2016

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