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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…

Indonesia: Investigators to Question 3 Officers Named by Executed Drug Convict in Video

Executed drug kingpin Freddy Budiman shortly before his execution
Executed drug kingpin Freddy Budiman shortly before his execution
An independent police-initiated team is planning to question 3 officers whose names were mentioned by a convict in a video made by government officials shortly before his execution.

The independent team, which was set up to investigate the presumed complicity of state officials and law enforcers in drug crimes, is probing allegations that members of the National Police, National Narcotics Agency (BNN) and Indonesian Military (TNI) had helped slain drug convict Freddy Budiman run his business.

Freddy mentioned at least 3 names in the video that otherwise mainly depicts his spiritual journey inside the prison, team member Hendardi said. The team has obtained the copy from the directorate general for penitentiary affairs at the Justice and Human Rights Ministry.

"We are currently examining and discussing the video. We will follow up on it by questioning the officers, if necessary," Hendardi told the Jakarta Globe on Tuesday (30/08).

Freddy had allegedly given in kickbacks more than Rp 450 billion ($34 million) to the BNN and Rp 90 billion to the National Police officers.

"The names are not related to the flow of funds as confessed by Freddy Budiman to Haris Azhar," Hendardi said refusing to reveal the names or initials of the suspected officers.

Freddy had confessed about the officers' involvement in his drug business to human rights activist Haris Azhar when they met on the Nusakambangan prison island 2 years ago. Haris revealed Freddy's testimony last month, shortly before the convict faced the firing squad.

"The video also contains Freddy Budiman's advice on how to eradicate the circulation of drugs inside the prison. He also called for tighter supervision of drug inmates," Hendardi said.

Source: Jakarta Globe, September 1, 2016

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