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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…

Malaysia won't interfere in Singapore death row case, envoy says

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Malaysia will not interfere in other country's internal affairs, which includes a court case involving a Malaysian death row inmate in Singapore.

"We are aware that there is an effort to put pressure to bring a particular court case here to a higher profile," Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore Datuk Ilango Karuppannan told Bernama here.

It was reported that a Malaysian death row inmate S. Prabagaran, aged 30, was making a judicial review application to direct the government to start proceedings against Singapore in the International Court of Justice over his conviction for drug trafficking.

The Foreign Ministry and the Malaysian government were named as respondents in the application which was filed at the Malaysian High Court registry in January this year.

The inmate was sentenced to death in September 2014 and had reportedly exhausted all appeals in the republic.

Asked on how many Malaysians are on death row in Singapore, Ilango declined to reveal the numbers.

In another case on death row related to Malaysians, the Singapore apex court yesterday (Monday) had dismissed an appeal for the 2010 Kallang slashing case involving Michael Garing.

Following a trial, Michael, who was part of a gang of 4 from Sarawak that carried out 4 violent robberies 7 years ago, was sentenced to death.

A 4th suspect who was arrested in Malaysia last month, Donny Meluda, has been charged with murder with his case still before the court, and if convicted, he will also face the death penalty.

Source: themalaymailonline.com, February 28, 2017

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