Sonny Bunch follows up on the death penalty debate:

I’m not entirely sure I understand the difference between revenge and justice, especially in a case as personal as this one. What does justice mean for the husband and father whose wife was raped, one of his two daughters was raped, and all three were burned alive by a sadistic pair of monsters? The first definition of justice in Merriman-Websters is thus:

The maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments.

I guess that definition hinges on what we decide is a “merited” punishment. But you will never convince me that those two’s actions do not merit death.

Will at Ordinary Gentlemen also goes another round.

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