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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…

Iran: Public hangings in Jahrom and Tabriz; teenager reportedly hanged in Kermanshah

Iran Human Rights, August 21: Two prisoners were hanged in two different Iranian cities today, reported the Iranian state media.

One prisoner identified as "Abdolhamid S." also known as "Mehdi" was hanged in public in the city of Jahrom (southern Iran) this morning. According to the Iranian state broadcasting the prisoner was 28 year old and convicted of kidnapping and murder 10 years ago.

Another prisoner who was not identified by name was hanged publicly in Tabriz (northeastern Iran) today. The prisoner was convicted of murdering a six year old girl.

According to the state run news agency Fars a prisoner whose name is not mentioned in the report is scheduled to be hanged publicly in the town of Hendijan (in southwest Iranian province of Khuzestan). The public execution will take place in the morning. The prisoner is convicted of trafficking 5 kilos and 50 grams of crack.

Source: Iran Human Rights, August 21, 2013


Iranian regime executes teenager in Kermanshah

NCRI - The Iranian regime's henchmen have hanged an 18-year old boy in the western city of Kermanshah on Tuesday for alleged crime committed when he was 12.

Arman Mohammadi, a resident of the city of Ravansar in western Iran was hanged in Dizel-abad prison in city of Kermanshah.

A relative of the prisoner has said that Arman had been arrested when he was only 12 and he had spent six years in prison before execution, Kurdpa.net reported.

Since Hassan Rouhani has become the Iranian regime's president over 100 prisoners have been executed in Iran including three prisoner in public in three locations of a city in the same day.

Source: NCRI, August 21, 2013

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