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…

Four executed in Iran, one in public

Iran Human Rights, January 16: Four prisoners were hanged in two different Iranian prisons reported the official Iranian media today.

Two of the prisoners were hanged in the Rajai Shahr prison of Karaj (west of Tehran). According to the state run Iranian news agency Mehr, one of the prisoners was a "young boy" who was convicted of murdering and old woman in 2008. The other prisoner was a "young man" convicted of murdering a man in 2007, said the report. Age and names of none of the prisoners were mentioned in the report.

According to the website of the "human rights and democracy activists in Iran" (HRDAI) the boy who was convicted of murdering the old woman was Kianoosh Naderi born in 1991. He was a minor at the time of committing the alleged offence said the group. Iran Human Rights (IHR) is investigating this case further.

Two prisoners executed in north-eastern Iran: One of them hanged in public

According to the state run Iranian news agency Aftab, two prisoners were hanged in north-eastern province of Khorasan early this morning January 16. According to the report one of the prisoners was hanged publicly in the town of Sabzevar while the other prisoner was hanged in the prison of Mashhad.

Both the prisoners were convicted of rape and age and name of none of them were mentioned in the report.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 16, 2012

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