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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: Supreme Court rejects Freddy Budiman’s case review

Indonesia's Supreme Court has rejected a case review filed by drug convict Freddy Budiman (center).
Indonesia's Supreme Court has rejected a case review filed by drug convict
Freddy Budiman (center).
The Supreme Court has rejected a case review filed by drug convict Freddy Budiman, who was found guilty of smuggling 1.4 million ecstasy pills from China and is awaiting execution.

Previously, Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo said Freddy was on the list of death row convicts to be executed in an upcoming third round of executions.

Prasetyo said the execution would not take place until the Supreme Court issued a decision on the case review.

“Yes, it is true that his case review has been rejected,” Supreme Court spokesman Ridwan Mansyur said on Friday as reported by kompas.com.

Freddy is also accused of coordinating further drug trafficking operations from inside prison, and was therefore moved to the high security prison island of Nusakambangan in Cilacap, Central Java, from his previous prison in Bogor, West Java.

On the court’s website, it was reported that the case review was received by the Supreme Court on July 13 from the West Jakarta District Court after it was submitted by Freddy’s lawyer, Untung Sunaryo.

The decision was made during a court hearing presided over by judge Andi Samsan Nganro with a panel of two judges, comprising Salman Luthan and Syarifuddin.

Freddy was sentenced to death by the West Jakarta District Court in 2012.

Source: Jakarta Post, July 22, 2016


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