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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…

Bali Police Anti-Narcotics Chief Nabbed for Alleged Extortion

Bali Police Anti-Narcotics Chief Nabbed for Alleged Extortion
National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian, second from right, shows off
crystal methamphetamine that was seized from alleged drug dealers
in Jakarta in this Aug. 24, 2016 file photo. (Antara Photo/Muhammad Adimaja)
Jakarta. Bali Police anti-narcotics unit chief Sr. Comr. Franky Haryanto Parapat was reportedly arrested for the alleged extortion of arrested drug dealers, including a Dutch national.

Franky was nabbed at around 10 p.m. on Monday (20/09) in a sting operation conducted by the National Police's internal security division (Paminal).

National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian expressed his satisfaction with the arrest, as the institution is stepping up efforts to curb the illegal drug trade.

"I have not heard the details. If it is true, I commend the National Police's Paminal and Propam [internal affairs division] for having carried out my orders. I said in several meetings lately – maybe last week, during the operational ceremony – that my policy is to fight against drugs," Tito said at the National Police Hospital in East Jakarta.

Tito said he instructed the police's internal affairs and security affairs divisions to back up these efforts by closely monitoring officers who are suspected of cooperating with drug dealers.

National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said the case involving the mid-ranking officer is still being investigated by the internal affairs and security affairs divisions.

"If we find proof of any crime, we will charge him. But it is still the authority of the Bali provincial police chief," Boy said.

According to unconfirmed reports, Franky allegedly extorted money from seven suspected drug dealers and drug users – who had been arrested for possessing less than 0.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine. He reportedly received around Rp 100 million ($7,600) from each person.

He allegedly also demanded a Toyota Fortuner SUV from a Dutch national, who was arrested in a drug raid.

Source: Jakarta Post, September 20, 2016

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