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…

India re-assures Portugal on Abu Salem case

New Delhi, Mar 4, 2013 (PTI) - India today assured Portugal that it would remain compliant with the expectations of Portuguese system and judiciary on the issue of gangster Abu Salem.

The assurance comes amidst Portugal raising objection to the charges invoked by the police against Salem, who was extradited in 2005 for his alleged role in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, that entail death penalty.

"I think the judiciary in Portugal has raised some issue. The judiciary here in our country, will take care of them," External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said in a joint press conference with his Portuguese counterpart Paulo de Sacadura Cabral Portas.

"We already have petitions in the Supreme Court. We would like, obviously, to remain compliant with the entire Portugese system including judiciary. I have reassured the Minister," he added after his meeting with Portas during which they discussed numerous issues inlcuding anti-terror and economic cooperation.

While getting Salem extradited, India had given an executive assurance to Portugal that it would not slap any charge which would have death penalty and would not keep him behind bars for more than 25 years, key requirements in extradition proceedings in Europe.

Later, Delhi and Mumbai Police slapped charges which entail death penalty against Salem, an accused in several criminal cases, leaving the government and the CBI red-faced.

Source: Deccan Herald, March 4, 2013

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