The men who participated in sexual assault against women on New Year's should be held accountable, but the death penalty is too severe. Jail time and sexual assault education would be a more appropriate punishment for these men. It can only be justified to take a man's life if he intentionally and brutally took the life of another person.
The men accused of assaulting women on New Year's Eve in Germany should not all face the death penalty. The punishment should fit the severity of the crime each individual committed. While such widespread violence is deplorable and the perpetrators should be punished, not every man accused is being accused of the exact same crime. This should be taken into consideration and the men punished accordingly.
No, the men who allegedly assaulted 1,200 German women on New Year's Eve should not face the death penalty. If guilty, the men should definitely face severe punishment, but capital punishment is not appropriate. There is never a time when capital punishment is appropriate. Life in prison without the possibility of parole would sufficiently protect the public and serve as punishment for the act.
Sexual assault is a heinous and vile crime and should be severely punished, but the margin for error is too great when discussing the ultimate penalty. The death penalty is absolute. No prosecutor is perfect, and not everyone who has been convicted of a terrible crime is guilty. For example, many people convicted of heinous crimes in the United States were later proven to be innocent of the charges and released from prison. One innocent life lost is never an acceptable trade for any punishment, no matter how horrendous the crime in question is.