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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…

China: Australian man sentenced to death for drug smuggling

April 2, 2015: A Queensland man has been sentenced to death in China after being caught trying to smuggle methamphetamine to Australia.

His alleged accomplice meanwhile is still awaiting trial.

Ibrahim Jalloh and Bengali Sherrif were arrested at Guangzhou airport in June last year but until now their plight has remained secret, according to ABC News.

Sherrif was sentenced to death for attempting to traffic the drug, which is used to make ice, but this will be commuted to life in prison if his behaviour in prison is good for two years.

Jalloh has apparently not been tried yet.

News of the arrests emerged in a Melbourne Magistrates Court last week during a committal hearing for three other men charged over an alleged conspiracy to import drugs from China.

At the hearing, an Australian Federal Police officer gave evidence that investigators learned from intercepting phone calls that an alleged drug syndicate was sending two couriers to China.

The AFP reportedly did not pass on the information to Chinese authorities but Jalloh and Sherrif were arrested at Guangzhou airport anyway, allegedly with a substantial quantity of methamphetamine.

Source: 9news.com.au, April 4, 2015

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