An Iranian serial killer who murdered at least 20 children has been executed in front a large crowd of spectators. Eugene Volokh goes along with it. So do I. Coincidentally, a friend sent this today:
LOL, as they say.
UPDATE: Volokh recants. I don't. He and his conscience, Mark Kleiman, simply assume that we're stuck with the sorry state to which criminal justice has descended in this country. But that's giving up on the game before it has started. It's not possible to return to swift, certain, and harsh justice -- that is, to justice that punishes and deters crime -- without trying to do so.