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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…

Brazilian man arrested at airport trying to enter Thailand with 1.3 kilograms cocaine

Paulo Nascimento
A man from Brazil was taken into custody at Suvarnabhumi Airport when he was caught trying to enter the country with a stomach full of cocaine.

Paulo Nascimento, 27, was arrested Wednesday night upon entry after police got a tip that a Brazilian man would be trying to enter the country with drugs in his stomach. 

Nascimento was spotted by customs officials after picking up his luggage and taken for an X-ray, reported Bangkok Post.

Yesterday, Narcotics Suppression Bureau commander Sommai Kongwisaisuk revealed that the man had 100 capsules full of coke in his stomach and they weighed 1.3 kilograms. 

The suspect had traveled from Brazil through Addis Ababa.

Nascimento was cooperative with arresting officers and told them that he was supposed to meet a man at a Sukhumvit hotel to hand them over to a man after passing them through his system.

They allowed the Brazilian to go ahead with his plan and this allowed them to arrest Elsonias Da Silva, 35, as well, when he came to pick up the drugs on Friday.

Both men are now in custody.

Source: Coconuts Bangkok, Sept. 11, 2017


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