Editorial: In a civilized society, not even the most vicious crimes justify a death sentence

It is soul-bruising to contemplate the torture that 10-year-old Anthony Avalos endured in his Lancaster home for more than a week before dying last year. Whippings with a looped cord and belt. Repeatedly held upside down then dropped on his head. Getting slammed into pieces of furniture and against the floor. Hot sauce poured on his face and mouth.
The road map of the abuse stretched from head to toe on his small malnourished body — bruises, abrasions, scabs and cuts visible on the outside. Traumatic brain injury and soft tissue damage on the inside. All allegedly perpetrated by his mother, Heather Barron, and her boyfriend, Kareem Leiva.
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If ever a set of circumstances called for the death penalty, this would be it. Few were surprised when Los Angeles County prosecutors said Wednesday that if the couple is convicted of the torture-murder, the jury will be asked to recommend a death sentence.
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Pakistan: 10 more death row convicts hanged

At least 10 death row convicts were sent to the gallows on early Tuesday morning in different jails of Punjab, Dunya News reported.

According to details, death row prisoner Muhammad Farooq was hanged in District Jail Sargodha. Farooq had killed his rival over an old enmity in 2003.

2 murderers were hanged in Kot Lakhpat Jail Lahore. Death row prisoner Khalil had killed a man in 2003 while prisoner Nadeem had killed a man in Shadbagh area of Lahore in 1999.

3 death row convicts were executed in District Jail Attock. According to details, prisoner Bashir had killed Imran Beg over a family dispute in 1998. Double murder convict Amjad Ali was hanged for murdering his father-in-law and mother-in-law while death row convict Aleeq Shah was exrcuted for killing 2 people in 2002.

Murderer of 6 people was hanged in New Central Jail Bahawalpur. Death row convict Mustafa was executed for killed 6 people, included his wife, in 2005.

Another death row prisoner was hanged in the District Jail Kasur. Prisoner Khalil Ahmad was hanged for murdering a college student in 2002.

2 more death row convicts were hanged in the Central Jail Faisalabad. Prisoner Saeed was sent to the gallows for killing a man in 1999 while death row convict has killed a man named Shaukat in 1999.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted the moratorium on the death penalty on December 17, 2014, a day after Taliban gunmen attacked a school and killed 134 students and 19 adults. The killings put pressure the government to do more to tackle the insurgency. Since then more than 250 death row prisoners, including terrorists and murderers have been hanged in various jails of the country.

Source: Dunya News, October 20, 2015

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