Re: Old Enough to Die - (Page 117 of Arguably)
Australia abolished capital punishment 45 years ago. I agree that not all murderers are psychopaths who deserve to die, but some are. A court ought to be able to assess if a person is a psychopath, and if so, we are all better off without them. Asserting that it is compassionate and civilized to keep psychopaths alive seems to me to be a very thin argument.
There are several murderers in jail in Australia who are generally seen as psychopaths - Martin Bryant, Ivan Milat, and the Cobby thugs. In the US they would have been executed but here they are kept alive at taxpayers' expense. If someone does these things, they should die. These cases are adult criminals, but if a child commits pathological murder, their continued life will only bring more harm.
Singapore is another place that executes criminals quite regularly, and considers it fully justified. This helps to send a lesson to others, and is much less costly than keeping them alive to fester and vegetate and establish criminal schools.
Some background is at http://crime.about.com/od/juvenile/i/juvenile_death.htm
The Cobby case is discussed at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Anita_Cobby