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…

Bali Nine clemency bid continues

Andrew Chan, Myuran Sukumaran
The Australian government will keep pushing for clemency for Bali Nine pair Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan while their lawyers fight for another appeal.

"No we haven't had any update," Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told the Nine Network on Monday.

"The legal proceedings are still underway and I don't expect to see any change or any information emanating from the government until such time as the legal avenues have been fully pursued."

Sukumaran and Chan have yet to be given a date for their execution on an Indonesian prison island for the 2005 Bali Nine heroin smuggling plot.

Their lawyers will go back to court on Wednesday to fight for another appeal.

Ms Bishop says the government's stance remains the same.

"We will continue to make representations that these men should be granted clemency," she said.

"We will continue to make those representations to the Indonesian government, but while they're still alive there is still hope."

Source: AAP, March 23, 2015

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