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November 21, 2012

Re "Pakistani man's execution decried," Nov. 17

The "extremists" in Pakistan recently conducted their first execution in four years and came under withering criticism from human rights groups. Yet Texas executes inmates on a regular basis, and California voters just endorsed the death penalty. It is unfortunate that our nation has plenty in common with the world's most backward and barbaric regimes when it comes to capital punishment.

Most years, only three countries execute more people than the United States: China, Iran and Saudi Arabia. That is not exactly the gold standard in terms of human rights.

Jeffrey Stewart

Eagle Rock

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