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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: 115 executions in two weeks

Public execution in Iran (file photo)
NCRI- Following the wave of executions in different cities in Iran, the anti-human clerical regime sent another 30 prisoners to the gallows from April 22 to April 26. 

Nine prisoners were collectively hanged on April 22 in Vakil Abad prison in Shiraz. 

On April 23, sixteen other prisoners in Bandar Abbas, Kerman and Jiroft were executed. 

On April 25 and 26, three prisoners in Rasht prison and two other prisoners were executed in the cities of Zanjan and Abhar.

As such, the number of executions over two weeks, April 13 to April 26, reaches 115. 

The real number of those executed is much more than this. 

According to some reports in recent weeks, a large number of prisoners have been executed secretly in Arak.

Criminals ruling Iran, surrounded by growing political, social and economic crises, and worried about the consequences of the nuclear negotiations, have resorted to execution, torture and killing of the Iranian people more than any other time in order to create an atmosphere of fear and repression and to prevent the spread of social protests by abusing the silence and inaction of the international community against the brutal and systematic violation of human rights in Iran.

Source: NCRI, April 27, 2015

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