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…

Iran: Four sentenced to death by stoning

July 2, 2013: The International Committee Against Stoning received information from Tabriz prison that two people had been sentenced to death by stoning.

Zarah Saee and Ali Saee, cousins from a village in East Azerbaijan Province in Iran, are accused by the Islamic regime of having had sex outside of marriage.

The sentence was handed down by the Supreme Court and confirmed by the Chief Justice Sadeq Larijani.

The International Committee Against Stoning also heard from several news sources that there were two more people who had been sentenced to death by stoning in Tabriz prison – Mohammad Reza Jamali and his wife Khadija Mohammad Ali Zadeh, who is a women’s rights activist.

Source: The International Committee Against Stoning, July 2, 2013

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