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Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

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Update: Robert Pruett was executed by lethal injection on Thursday.
Robert Pruett is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas Thursday. He has never had a chance to live outside a prison as an adult. Taking his life is a senseless wrong that shows how badly the justice system fails juveniles.
Mr. Pruett was 15 years old when he last saw the outside world, after being arrested as an accomplice to a murder committed by his own father. Now 38, having been convicted of a murder while incarcerated, he will be put to death. At a time when the Supreme Court has begun to recognize excessive punishments for juveniles as unjust, Mr. Pruett’s case shows how young lives can be destroyed by a justice system that refuses to give second chances.
Mr. Pruett’s father, Sam Pruett, spent much of Mr. Pruett’s early childhood in prison. Mr. Pruett and his three siblings were raised in various trailer parks by his mother, who he has said used drugs heavily and often struggled to feed the children. Wh…

Iran executes two drug traffickers

Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 10 /Trend/ - Two Iranians were executed for possession and sale of four kilograms of heroin in the city of Sari in Mazandaran province, ISNA quoted the chief prosecutor of the city Sari Khujatulislam Jafari as saying.

According to the France-Presse, 171 people have been executed in Iran since early 2011.

From December 20, 2010 to January 30, 2011 alone, the Islamic Republic of Iran has executed over 118 individuals while many more await to face the gallows. In recent years, Iran has had the highest rate of executions per capita in the world.

Under Iranian laws, the death penalty can be used for murder, rape, adultery, armed robbery, homosexuality and drug smuggling.

Source: Trend, September 10, 2011

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