Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

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…

Lashed to death: Bihar panchayat executes woman for adultery

Purnia (Bihar):In an incident reminiscent of Taliban-style execution, a woman was whipped to death in Bihar’s Purnia district last week for adultery. According to eyewitnesses who didn’t wish to be identified, the Tiyarpaya Panchayat held Bibi Shehzadi guilty for having an affair with a relative, and ordered a death penalty.

Nobody in Asiyani village protested as they saw Shezadi being beaten to death.

The panchayat, headed by sarpanch Zaki Ahmed, had earlier given a dressing down to the victim for her role in starting a self-help group for women of the village. The SHG, reportedly provided solace to women of the community who suffered from emotional or physical trauma.

Some, however, claimed that Shezadi was pronounced a death penalty as a retributive measure, for her husband had contested against the sarpanch in the civic polls last year. Her husband, Md Munna, now works in Ludhiana, and couldn’t be reached for a comment.

"ASP Deepak Barnwal had been asked to ascertain the exact cause of the woman's death," said Amit Lodha, superintendent of police, Purnia while speaking to a newspaper.

No arrests have been made in the case so far.

The incident comes two days after another Panchayat in Bihar's Kishanganj district banned women from using mobile phones.

Source: Daily Bhaskar, December 4, 2012

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