Volokh today:

Mark Kleiman’s post, which has persuaded me to change my views on the advisability of deliberately painful executions also has an excellent discussion of retribution as a goal of punishment. Mark points out that many recent blog posts have argued that retribution — as opposed to just deterrence, incapacitation, and rehabilitation — is simply not a legitimate goal of punishment.

Gene… here it is: deliberately painful executions, ARE in fact deterrence. HAsn’t anyone noticed thta as you punishments get more “humane”, our criminals get bolder?