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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…

No aid to Egypt without democracy, human rights: EU Parliament

European Parliament threatens to halt funds to Egypt, citing Port Said death sentences, human rights violations, and lack of political consensus in Egypt.

The European (EU) Parliament passed a resolution threatening to withhold budget support to Egypt if it fails to take significant steps to abide by human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.

In a plenary session on Thursday, the parliament reminded the European Union, that the 5-billion-euro aid package it allocated to Egypt for 2012-2013 is conditional on respect of human rights, democracy and economic governance.

The parliament demanded it "set clear conditions for its aid to Egypt" with a focus on promoting civil society, women's rights and minority rights in the country.

Members also called for Egypt's judiciary to commute the death sentences meted out on 26 January to 21 football fans implicated in the Port Said stadium disaster and demanded a moratorium on the death penalty in Egypt.


Source: Ahram Online, Friday 15 Mar 2013

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