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…

Pakistan: Death-row inmate hanged in Multan

The Multan Central Jail authorities on Tuesday early morning executed a murder convict.

As per reports, Nasrullah was awarded death sentence for killing a man to avenge his brother’s murder in 1994.

The murder convict, whose mercy pleas were rejected in different courts, was sent to gallows this morning, the officials said.

Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday rejected a plea urging to stop the implementation of juveniles’ death punishments.

Justice Mahmood Maqbool Bajwa of LHC was hearing the petition. Petitioner’s counsel Ishtiaq Chaudhry maintained that the law does not allow punishing juveniles by death whereas the government is continuing the practice.

The court told the petitioner’s counsel that LHC cannot pass orders to the president of Pakistan. 

Justice Bajwa advised Chaudhry to make the Law and Justice Division a party in the case and then submit an amended plea.

Source: Pakistan Today, March 25, 2015

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