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: Eight hanged in different jails of Punjab

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

According to details, double murder convict Muhammad Ashraf was hanged in Attock District Jail. Ashraf had killed a father and his son in 2003 over a land dispute.

Two real brothers, Aslam and Azam, were executed in District Jail Gujrat. Aslam with the help of his brother Azam had killed his father-in-law in 1999.

Two death row convicts were hanged in Central Jail Multan. Death row prisoner Shafeeq was hanged for killing a youth in 1992 during a robbery attempt while death row convict Akram had killed a man over a land dispute.

Three death row prisoners were executed in New Central Jail Bahawalpur. Death row convict Thanedar had killed his wife and father-in-law over a family dispute while two real brothers Ghulam Qadir and Ghulam Sarwar were also hanged in the same jail. Qadir had killed his daughter and son-in-law with the help of his brother Ghulam Sarwar.

According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, authorities have hanged 236 people after lifting a 2008 moratorium on executions in December after a deadly Taliban attack on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar killed 150 people, mostly children.

But only one in 10 of the 236 prisoners executed since December were convicted of a terror attack.

Source: Dunya News TV, October 13, 2015

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