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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: Man posts photos of burning Singapore flag on Instagram

Singapore flag
An Instagram user has sparked fury online by claiming to have burned a Singapore flag and challenging authorities to give him the death penalty.

2 photos uploaded by the user show part of a Singapore flag in flames. "They have to throw the death penalty on me if I keep doing this right?" he wrote on one post.

In another post, he wrote: "I don't enjoy patriotism/this is an act of treason/will something happen yet?"

The user, whose profile page is public, was lambasted for treating the national emblem with disrespect.

Some netizens questioned the motive behind his actions while others advised him to remove the photo to avoid getting in trouble with the law.

In one of his replies, he tells a netizen to "go back doing your slave s***". He also tells him to "eat s*** and die".

Despite this show of defiance, the user subsequently removed the post, puzzling netizens even further.

Many have continued to leave comments on his other Instagram posts.Under the Singapore Arms and Flag and National Anthem Act, it is an offence to treat the flag with disrespect.

Those who do so could be fined up to $1,000.The rules state that the flag should not be allowed to touch the ground. When displayed, the flag should also be clean, undamaged and not faded.

Flags also cannot be appropriated for any commercial use, and they should not be used as part of decoration, attire and private funeral activities.

According to the National Heritage Board, flags that have been damaged or are worn-out should be disposed of properly, and "not left visible in dustbins".

Torn or worn-out flags should be packed into a sealed black trash bag before disposal.

Source: asiaone.com, July 29, 2016


Indian-origin woman, daughter charged with murder in Singapore

A 58-year-old Indian-origin woman and her 36-year-old daughter have been charged with murdering a Burmese maid at their home here and may face death penalty, a media report said on Friday.

Prema Naraynasamy and Gaiyathiri Murugayan were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly murdering 24-year-old Piang Ngaih Don earlier this week, the report said.

According to police, they received a call on Tuesday morning for assistance. When they arrived, Piang was found dead.

A court has extended their police remand.

Both the accused will be produced in the court on Thursday. If they are convicted of murder, the duo will face the death penalty.

Gaiyathiri, whose husband is believed to have worked in the police force, has a minor daughter.

Source: The Times of India, July 28, 2016

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