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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: 85 suspected drug offenders caught in latest CNB operation

Singapore's CNB drug bust
A 4-day drug bust by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), which ended on Friday (Aug 19) morning, resulted in the arrests of 85 suspected drug offenders.

Around 196g of heroin, 47g of 'Ice' and other suspected controlled drugs were also seized in the island-wide operation.

In the operation, 2 suspected drug traffickers were arrested by CNB officers in the vicinity of Havelock - a 55-year-old man, and his associate, a 51-year-old man. Both are Singaporeans.

Officers raided the hideout of the 55-year-old, who was also found to have small amounts of 'Ice' on him, and found 138g of heroin from within the unit. Numerous empty plastic straws, plastic sachets and a digital weighing scale were also recovered.

2 other suspected drug abusers, a 29-year-old male and a 31-year-old female, both of whom are also Singaporeans, were arrested shortly after the raid at the hideout.

Investigations into the drug activities of all the arrested people are ongoing.

A previous island-wise operation by CNB officers that took place early August saw 78 suspected offenders caught.

Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, anyone caught trafficking more than 15g of diamorphine (or pure heroin) can face the death penalty.

Source: todayonline.com, August 21, 2016

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