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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…

Egypt: 6 expat Copts receive death penalty sentence for anti-Islam film

Court orders death penalty for 6 Coptic Egyptians, who reside abroad, over controversial anti-Islam film.

The state security court issued a verdict on Wednesday sentencing 6 expatriate Coptic Egyptians to the death penalty for offending the Islamic faith, on charges related to producing the anti-Islamic film 'The Innocence of Muslims'.

Bishop Marcus of the Coptic Orthodox Church described the sentence as "harsh", while asserting that the church rejects any offence towards any religion.

The US-made film provoked angry protests throughout much of the Islamic world in September, including Egypt and Libya.

Maurice Sadek, a conservative Coptic Christian living in the US, and controversial Pastor Terry Jones, who is known for his burning of the Quran, are believed to have been involved in promoting the film but were not involved in its production, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal.

Egyptian-born Coptic Christian Mark Basseley Youssef, also known by his alias Sam Baccil, later acknowledged creating the film, in an interview with the New York Times.

Meanwhile, the controversial film has resulted in the arrest of several people in Egypt, mostly Copts accused of sharing the film.

Bishoy Kamel, a Coptic school teacher, was sentenced to 6 years for sharing the film on his Facebook page and for insulting the president.

Coptic activist Alber Saber, who also allegedly shared the film, remains in detention.

Source: English Ahram, November 28, 2012

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