I've been ignoring this story because it's simply guaranteed to be a cesspool of stupid. And I mean that with truly multi partisan resignation.
But speaking as a Canadian, I think this is one of the best reasons to abolish the death penalty. There are certain things that provoke hysterical reactions and that reaction, if encouraged and stoked over time by ambitious prosecutors, elected judges and tabloid journalists, undermines the entire system of justice.
And on the other hand, what terrorist wouldn't willingly die for 24/7 coverage?
But simply banging him into a supermax for 25 to life solves the problem neatly.
Now, I happen to think that the prison system is also a problem and that in general it meets the test of being "cruel and unusual punishment." But that's another issue.