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Most death penalty rationales fray under scrutiny

In recent weeks, we’ve seen a criminal executed and another execution is scheduled pending a last-minute review. Every time Arizona doles out the most severe punishment humans have the capacity to inflict on one another, I find myself asking: When criminals are killed for their crimes, what are we hoping will result, and what actually results?

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Police: AZ beheading tied to Mexican drug cartel

A police report, citing Border Patrol intelligence, states that Martin Alejandro Cota-Monroy stole 400 pounds of marijuana and some meth from the PEI-Estatales/El Chapo drug trafficking organization, shortly before he was bludgeoned, stabbed and then decapitated in a suburban Phoenix apartment last October — a gruesome killing that police say was meant to send a message that anyone who betrays the traffickers will get the same treatment.

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