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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…

Saudi king saves woman from beheading

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia personally intervened to save a local woman from execution after she was sentenced to death eight years ago for murdering a Yemeni man, newspapers in the Gulf Kingdom reported on Wednesday.

Amina bin Mohammed Dagreeri, 55, had been on the death row all that time but the execution was not carried out to give way to mediation efforts to persuade the victim’s relatives to drop their demand for her death and pardon the defendant.

Amina killed the Yemeni man, who was employed by her, following an argument at her house in the southern Saudi province of Jazan more than eight years ago. A Turkish man who helped her was sentenced to seven years in prison.

“The victim’s father, Mohammed Dareen, came with other relatives to Jazan and declared that he was dropping his demand for death punishment against Amina in response to an appeal by the Monarch,” Okaz daily said.

Under Islamic law, which is strictly enforced in conservative Saudi Arabia, a killer can be saved from the gallows and walk free if pardoned by the victim’s relatives in return for diya (blood money).

Source: Emirates 24/7, February 6, 2013

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