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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 executes drug smuggler

April 25, 2015: A drug trafficker was executed in south China’s Guangdong Province following approval by the Supreme People’s Court.

The gang leader was sentenced to death for smuggling more than 6.5 kg of heroin from southwest China’s Yunnan Province to Guangdong.

Between March to December 2011, the gang purchased drugs in Yunnan and hid them in hollowed out jade and transported them to Zhongshan through logistics company. 

Some suspects were caught by police when they came to claim the jade, the court said.

In addition to the gang leader, other seven suspects received sentences ranging from 13 years to life, or death with a reprieve. 

Sources: customstoday.com.pk, April 25, 2015

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