Some people are in favor of the death penalty.
Some people don't think the state should have the right to kill.
But if ever there was a case for it, our own Christopher Newton is it.
In prison for another crime, the ex-Huronite stomped and strangled his cellmate -- in a cell set aside for inmates judged to need special protection -- and, according to Supreme Court documents, left him to suffer for an hour before even deigning to let the guards know what he'd done.
He drank Jason Brewer's blood and laughed in the faces of the guards who came to help, and it was too late for Brewer. Whatever Brewer had done, it surely wasn't a capital crime -- but what Newton did was, and he is so far laughing his way to the death chamber.
He turned on the charm, or what he thought was the charm, when a Register reporter and photographer visited him recently, and said he's ready to die, and hoped the good he did outweighed the bad. Whatever.
There are those who, reasonably and from the deepest and most decent of convictions, argue the state should not have the right to take a person's life, for any reason.
And certainly too many people have been executed, or almost executed, for crimes of which they are innocent. The track record of the Innocence Project and after-the-fact investigations of old crimes using new science and technology shows that to be irrefutable fact.
But that's not likely in Christopher Newton's case. Not only does he admit murder, he glories in it. He's tailor-made for that most severe of legal sanctions. To hell with him.