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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…

Vietnam: 9 sentenced to death for drug trafficking

Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court sentenced a 35-year-old man to death for trafficking 7.3 kilograms of heroin from Cambodia to Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court sentenced a 35-year-old man to death for
trafficking 7.3 kg of heroin from Cambodia to Vietnam in January 2013.
August 9, 2016: A Lang Son court awarded death sentences to nine men and life to two others for smuggling a total of 280kg of heroin from the northern province to China in 2013 and 2014.

Brothers Chu Dinh Tuyen, 39, and Chu Van Vien, 33, the gang’s kingpins, were among those to get capital punishment along with their seven henchmen aged 31-38.

Nong Thi Chang, 25, and Chu Duc Son, 38, were the two to get away with life sentences.

Officers from the Ministry of Public Security in 2014 caught two members, Le Xuan Viet and Nguyen Van Tam, with 15kg of heroin in Hoa Binh Province.

Subsequent investigations led to the arrest of the others. 

The gang confessed to smuggling a total of 280kg of heroin from northwestern provinces to China on 22 occasions, earning more than VND10 billion (US$456,000).

A total of 19 people were involved, including four other Vietnamese who are still at large, an unidentified Chinese who was arrested in China and a deceased Vietnamese. 

Source: Thanh Nien News, August 10, 2016

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In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning