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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…

5 Taiwanese arrested in Indonesia for smuggling 60 kg of meth

Indonesian Police Officers in Cilacap, Central Java, off Nusakambangan penal island
Indonesia police arrested 5 Taiwanese suspects Thursday during a raid on a private residence in Jakarta, where they found 60 kilograms of the drug of methamphetamine, according to Indonesian authorities.

Investigators have determined that the drug was being supplied by a crime ring based in Taiwan, said Indonesian National Police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar on Thursday.

During the raid on the apartment in Ancol, North Jakarta, police arrested 1 Indonesian and 5 Taiwanese, who are now being interrogated, he said.

It is not the 1st time that Taiwanese drug suspects have been arrested in Indonesia, a county where the maximum penalty for drug offenses is death.

In January, the Supreme Court of Indonesia sentenced 3 Taiwanese to death for attempting to smuggle more than 2 kilograms of amphetamine each into the country, through Jakarta International Airport, in 2014.

A few months later, in April, Indonesian police arrested another Taiwanese suspect in Jakarta who was found with 12 kg of methamphetamine.

Earlier this month, a Taiwanese citizen was arrested in Jakarta after 15 kg of methamphetamine was found at his residence.

Source: Focus Taiwan, August 20, 2016

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