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…

Three hanged in southeastern Iran

Iran Human Rights, December 8: Three prisoners were hanged in the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan early this morning, reported the Iranian state media.

According to the official Iranian news agency IRNA, three prisoners convicted of drug-related charges were hanged in the prison of Zahedan (capital of Sinstan-Baluchestan Province) today, Saturday December 8.

The prisoners were identified as "Iraj M." convicted of possession of 189 kilos of heroin, "Mahmood T." convicted of possession and carrying 386 kilos of opium and 149 kilos of heroin, and "Nematollah A." for importing 5700 grams of crack.

According to the "Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran" one of the prisoners is Iraj Mohammadi (46) from Kemanshah (western Iran) who was sentenced to death solely based on confessions made by another prisoner against him.

Source: Iran Human Rights, December 8, 2012

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