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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…

Iran: 10 hanged in Esfahan, Shiraz and Zahedan

April 20, 2015: Ten prisoners were hanged in Iran on April 13 and 20.

Four prisoners with drug-related charges were executed on April 13 in Esfahan prison, according to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA). 

One of them has been identified as Siamak Ranjbari. 

Also, retaliation sentences for two brothers, Ali and Reza Sardari, were executed in Adel Abad prison in Shiraz. 

According to a report from inside Iran, 4 prisoners were hanged on April 18 in Zahedan’s Central Prison, east of the country.

The judiciary or the media in Iran have not reported these executions. 

Sources: HRANA News Agency, April 19-20, 2015

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