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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…

UAE: Family pardon saves killer from execution

January 28, 2013: A man who killed his colleague and was sentenced to death, had his capital punishment verdict quashed by Abu Dhabi Court of Appeals, as the heirs of the victim pardoned him and gave up their rights.

The Court handed down the Asian defendant three years in jail for murder. He will be deported after serving his jail term.

“The litigation process, which continued for three years, had helped in dissipating the anger of the victim’s heirs, leading them to surrender their right for punishment.

Over the past years, which followed the crime, they were overwhelmingly determined to mete out the execution, and had demanded repeatedly to the court to urgently implement the verdict,” the Judicial Department of Abu Dhabi said.

According to court records, the defendant had been convicted of stabbing his colleague multiple times, causing him to suffer 33 stab wounds.

The defendant also suffered a deep cut on his palm during the physical assault.

Source: khaleejtimes.com, January 28, 2013

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