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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…

Turkish Inmate Escapes Nusakambangan Prison

Nusakambangan island, Indonesia
Jakarta. Saman Hasan, also known as Messi, a Turkish prisoner, has reportedly escaped the Besi Prison in Nusakambangan Island, Cilacap, Central Java, an official said on Friday (01/07).

The drug convict was found to be missing from the prison on Thursday at around 4 p.m. when the wardens checked all prisoners.

“We have cooperated with Cilacap Police to search the escaped prisoner. We also formed an internal team and Justice and Human Rights Agency was involved to handle the case and give advice,” Central Java Justice Agency Molyanto told Antara news agency on Friday.

The escaped prisoner had only eight months left in his sentence after he was convicted to 12 years imprisonment for drug smuggling in 2005.

Messi allegedly fled the prison to Kampung Laut village on a motorcycle after finishing his community service duties outside the prison. He had been appointed a "companion inmate," a status granted to well-behaved prisoners who are allowed to leave the jail during the day.

Personnel police and military officers have been deployed to pursue the escaped inmate.

Source: Jakarta Globe, July 1, 2016

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