This BBC article about the recent execution of two murderers gave me a few thoughts.
"Ms Chiba (the Justice Minister and an opponent of the death penalty) said that as justice minister she believed it was her duty to witness the executions in person."
Good. I wonder if she considers it her duty to go to homicide scenes, autopsies, and notification of families of murder victims?
"Prisoners are not told when they will be executed and their relatives are told only after the sentence has been carried out."
Exactly like the people they killed. Seems fair.
(Sorry, up all night on a murder.)