RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – This weekend’s mass shootings are stirring the debate over the death penalty.
Last month, Attorney General Bill Barr announced the justice department would restart federal executions, ending a 16-year moratorium.
Opponents like Kristina Roth of Amnesty International say the death penalty is expensive, outdated and inhumane.
But supporters say executions, either by state governments or the feds, are a useful deterrent.
Cully Stimson, a former prosecutor, argues that some crimes are so horrible, they deserve nothing less than death.
“And I think in a very small select group of cases, the ultimate punishment is the right punishment,” says Cully Stimson.
A punishment that will continue to be debated as executions, and the crimes that lead to them, continue.