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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…

"Duterte Not Seeking Amnesty for Drug Convict Veloso": Indonesian VP

Rodrigo Duterte, left, and Joko Widodo, right.
Rodrigo Duterte, left, and Joko Widodo, right.
Jakarta. Vice President Jusuf Kalla is convinced that Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's state visit to Indonesia on Friday (09/09) was not related to drug convict Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso.

Veloso, who is a Philippine citizen, was sentenced to death after she was caught with 2.6 kilograms of heroin at Adisucipto International Airport in Yogyakarta in April 2010.

Kalla believes Duterte's shoot-on-site policy against drug dealers indicates he would not defend Veloso.

"He [Duterte] has openly stated that he would shoot thousands of people involved in narcotics. To defend one person proven guilty [of drug crimes] is surely against his character," Kalla said in Jakarta on Friday.

However, it was earlier reported that Duterte would discuss amnesty for Veloso with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. Veloso's lawyer Agus Salim said he would provide Duterte with the legal files for the discussion.

Veloso's execution was put on hold last year because her testimony against alleged human trafficker Maria Christina Sergio was needed by the Philippine authorities.

During her trial, Veloso claimed that Sergio duped her into taking a suitcase to Indonesia after she lost her job in Malaysia. The suitcase was later found to have had drugs sewn into the lining.

Source: Jakarta Globe, September 9, 2016

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