Dionne: The Death Penalty and the Cost of an Obsession

Washington Post columnist EJ Dionne understands that Humberto Leal committed a dreadful crime, but he can’t help wondering why five Supreme Court Justices (and Texas presidential aspirant, Rick Perry) were in such a rush to see him dead.  Mexico has formally requested that Leal, a Mexican national, receive a sentence of life in prison in accordance with Mexican law.