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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: President Widodo Orders Investigation Into Drug Lord's Testimony

Freddy Budiman, shortly before his execution on Nusakambangan Island.
Freddy Budiman, shortly before his execution on Nusakambangan Island.
Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo ordered the National Police to investigate claims by a recently executed drug lord that law enforcers have long been involved in drug-trafficking rings in the country.

Rights activist Haris Azhar had published the testimony by Freddy Budiman just hours before his execution at Nusakambangan.

"Investigate it, find out if what is claimed in the testimony is true," Jokowi said in Bali on Thursday (11/08).

However, the president expressed his regret that the information had not come out earlier. "The testimony was given in 2012. Why was it not published then?" Jokowi asked.

Jokowi had instructed National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian to assemble a team of investigators to verify Freddy's claims.

According to the president, the teams welcomes assistance from outside the police force. "Anyone who can crack this case should join the team,” Jokowi said.

Source: Jakarta Globe, August 12, 2016

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