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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…

Executions to go ahead, says Indonesian AG

Attorney General M Prasetyo
Attorney General M Prasetyo
The Attorney General’s Office has said that the executions of nine drug convicts will continue despite protests from the governments of the convicts’ countries of origin.

“All countries whose citizens will be executed will certainly approach the government, but they cannot influence our sovereignty,” Attorney General M Prasetyo said as quoted by Antara in Jakarta on Monday.

He explained that he had not been lobbied personally, since as attorney general, he was subject to tight rules stopping him from contacting or being contacted by third parties.

“I’m not allowed to get in touch with certain parties,” Prasetyo claimed.

French death row convict Serge Areski Atlaoui has been exempted from the deaths scheduled for Tuesday, as he is resubmitting his second case review to the State Administrative Court.

AGO spokesperson Tony Tribagus Spontana confirmed the delay in Atlaoui’s execution. “The delay is not because of pressure from the French president as has been rumored,” he said on Monday.

Source: The Jakarta Post, April 27, 2015

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