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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…

Two convicts executed in Kuwait

Three executions were simultaneously
carried out in Kuwait on April 1, 2013
Manama: Two convicted rapists and killers were put to death on Tuesday in a Kuwaiti prison in Salibiya.

Hajjaj Al Sa’adi, known in the local media as the “Hawalli Beast” for allegedly raping 18 children, and Ahmad Abdul Salam, both Egyptians, were executed in the Central Prison at around 8am in the presence of the public prosecutor and other legal officials, local websites reported.

A call by an international human rights watchdog to “cancel the executions immediately” went unanswered.

The Beast was reportedly arrested in 2007 as he was about to board a plane for Egypt. Courts in 10 separate cases condemned him to death and to life in prison in three other cases.

The sentences were upheld by the court of appeals and the court of cassation.

Kuwaiti authorities said that the rapes by the Beast started in early 2006 and that the victims were young boys and girls aged less than 10.

He targeted them mostly in the afternoon and used his physical force to overwhelm them, they said.

Three other men on death row were also scheduled to be put to death, but their case was postponed after the victims’ families have reportedly forgiven them.

On April 1, A Pakistani, a Saudi and a stateless man were hanged as Kuwait carried out its first execution since May 2007 when a drug trafficker was put to death. According to the local media, 46 convicts are on death row.

Source: Gulf News, June 18, 2013

Photos of the execution:

Ahmad Abdulsalam al-Baili walks to the gallows
in Kuwait after being convicted of murder.

Child rapist Hajjaj Saadi is guided by guards
to the spot where he will be executed.

Saadi's crime of raping 18 young boys and girls
shocked the whole nation of Kuwait.

The bodies of the two criminals are seen hanging from the gallows set up in a prison car park.
Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2343916/Rapist-murderer-pictured-
walking-gallows-face-execution-Kuwaiti-car-park.html#ixzz2Wbe6bFVv

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