MEXICO: Crime & Punishment

The murder of gentle Senator Mauro Angulo Hernandez put many a Mexican in an eye-for-an-eye mood. To curb such barbarism, cried Supreme Court Justice Luis G. Corona, the death penalty for murder, outlawed in the federal district since 1929, ought to be reestablished. Said the conservative Excelsior. "Society is handcuffed before the criminal, and the prestige of the country demands stronger methods. The [Porfirio] Díaz dictum—catch in the act, kill on the spot—unquestionably yielded better results. ... It is urgently necessary to teach a lesson to potential murderers by means of heavy...