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

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: Former Priest Who Killed Children, Wife Faces Death Penalty

Herman Jumat Masan
Herman Jumat Masan
Herman Jumat Masan, a former priest at Larantuka Catholic diocese, Sikka District, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), will soon face death penalty after failed appeal bid.

"There are 2 death row inmates who will soon face death penalty," the General Criminal Conduct Assistant, NTT High Prosecutor's Office, Budi Handaka told reporters Thursday.

The 2 death row inmates are Herman Jumat Masan alias Herder and Gaundensius Resing alias Densi.

The 2 suspects have been charged with premeditated murder and violating Article 340 of the Criminal Code in conjunction with Article 338 of the Criminal Code. Sikka District Court has sent them to death row.

Herder had filed appeal, a cassation appeal and reconsideration (Peninjauan Kembali/PK), all of which have been rejected. "Herder has been detained at Maumere prison for 2 years and 8 months," Budi said.

Herder had allegedly killed his wife and two children at the so-colled Tahun Orientasi Rohani (TOR) dormitory in Lela, Sikka. 

Herder smothered his child to death immediately after his wife Mery Grace delivered the baby in a room.

Herder did the same when his wife delivered his 2nd child at the same place. However, her wife also died in the incident. The 3 victims were buried in the same hole in front of Herder's house. 

The case had only been revealed after being kept secret by Herder for 10 years, during which he continued serving as a priest.

Meanwhile, Densi has been serving jail time in Kupang Class IIA prison for 14 years. Budi said Densi murdered his wife Etropia Salviana with a cleaver. The incident took place when his wife was peeling off the skins of tamarind. He suddenly came after her and sliced her in the neck, which almost cut her head off. She died immediately at the scene.

Source: tempo.co, September 8, 2016

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