I just came across what must surely be one of the most cold-blooded orders in the history of American justice. This is how it begins:

José Manuel Miguel Xavier Gonzales, in a few short weeks it will be spring. The snows of winter will flee away, the ice will vanish, and the air will become soft and balmy. In short, José Manuel Miguel Xavier Gonzales, the annual miracle of the years will awaken and come to pass, but you won’t be here.

Read Frontier Justice on Futility Closet [via Letters of Note]