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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…

Amnesty: Iran regime carried out highest number of reported executions in 2014

Public execution in Iran
The latest report on the death penalty by Amnesty International indicates that 607 recorded executions have been carried out in 22 countries around the world in 2014, a reduction of almost 22 % compared to the previous year.

The reported executions were carried out in Iran more than any country in the world.

In Iran the authorities officially announced 289 executions, but hundreds more were carried out which were not officially acknowledged, Amnesty report said.

Execution methods employed around the world included beheading, hanging, lethal injection and shooting.

Iran is among the countries highlighted by Amnesty International as having used the death penalty "as a tool to suppress political dissent".

At least 2,466 people in 55 countries are known to have been sentenced to death in 2014, according to the latest Amnesty International report on the death penalty.

This represents an increase of 28% compared with 2013, when 1,925 death sentences were recorded in 57 countries.

At least 19,094 people were believed to be under sentence of death worldwide at the end of 2014.

Mr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, reported on March 25 that some 1000 executions had been carried out during the past 15 months in Iran. Prior to that, on March 16, he told a news briefing in Geneva: "There is a lot of concern amongst the Iranian society that the nuclear file may be casting a shadow over the human rights discussion."

The U.N.'s special investigator added that the human rights situation and repression in Iran has worsened since Hassan Rouhani became president.

Source: NCR-Iran, April 2, 2015

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