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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…

Kulbhushan Jadhav: Death penalty for 'Indian spy' in Pakistan

A military court in Pakistan has sentenced to death a former Indian navy officer arrested last year on charges of spying.

Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested in the restive Balochistan province and accused of "espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan".

Shortly after his arrest, Islamabad released a video in which he was shown admitting involvement in spying.

Delhi says the man is an Indian citizen but has rejected spying claims.

Balochistan has been hit by a separatist insurgency that Pakistan accuses India of backing. Mr Jadhav was detained there on 3 March 2016.

"The spy was tried through Field General Court Martial under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and awarded the death sentence," Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations said in a statement on Monday. No date was given for his execution.

Indian authorities are yet to react to the military court's order.

The nuclear-armed neighbours have a long history of diplomatic spats and Delhi and Islamabad often accuse each other of sending spies into their territories.

In November, Pakistan withdrew six officials from its mission in Delhi after they were outed as suspected spies by India.

It later leaked to the press the names and photos of eight alleged Indian spies working from India's mission in Islamabad.

Source: BBC News, April 10, 2017

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