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…

Police Officer Publicly Caned in Aceh for Gambling

A government prosecutor hands over the
whip to the executioner during a public
caning at the compound of a mosque
of a man, left, arrested for gambling
in Aceh Besar on January 29, 2010. 
A police officer was publicly caned in an Aceh district on Tuesday for violating Shariah law, making him the first law enforcer to receive such a punishment.

Darwin, the head of general crimes unit at the Sabang Attorney’s Office, told the Jakarta Globe that Brig. Irwanuddin was lashed six times for gambling in the district of Aceh Besar.

He was the first policeman punished for violating a “qanun” (bylaw) since the province implemented partial Shariah law in some districts.

Irwanuddin’s caning was conducted at the Sabang Great Mosque in front of hundreds of onlookers from all over the province.

Darwin said his office initially planned to institute the same punishment for two other civilians, though they managed to run away before the officials could find them.

Previously it was reported that the public caning, which was scheduled for Thursday, was broken up by a group of policeman led by an officer who refused to identify himself, with only his rank of police commissioner visible.

“Today [Tuesday], we decided to lash the policeman … since it was canceled on Thursday. Irwanuddin’s superior agreed that he should undergo the punishment and he was brought to us,” he said.

Source: Jakarta Globe, May 28, 2013

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