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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…

Vietnam to produce own drugs for executions

Firing squad execution
in Vietnam
Vietnam says it is to begin producing home-grown poisons to be used in the execution of prisoners.

The move comes after overseas producers refused to export the drugs which are legally required for lethal injections.

More than 500 people are on death row in Vietnam for crimes including drug trafficking, rape and corruption.

The country stopped using firing squads for executions in 2011, citing the rising cost, a lack of suitable grounds and the stress caused to executioners.

The authorities have installed the equipment for carrying out lethal injections and trained staff to use it, but have been unable to buy the three-stage drugs which are required by law.

The supplier would be the EU, but it strictly controls the export of any drugs which could be used for capital punishment, torture or inhuman treatment.

Vietnam's Minister for Public Security Tran Dai Quang said legal amendments would be being introduced to allow for domestic poisons to be used, rather than those stipulated by law.

He gave no details about the nature of the new drugs.

Some members of the Vietnamese government have proposed a return to firing squads to deal with the build-up of death row inmates.

One member is reported to have suggested that the death penalty be reserved for only the most serious crimes.

Source: BBC News, January 23, 2013

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