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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…

Nigerian sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug trafficking

Kerobokan prison, on Bali island, Indonesia
Local media report on Thursday in Jakarta, said another Nigerian, Simon Ezeaputa, has been sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug trafficking.

It said the district court in Tangerang, near Jakarta, on Wednesday found Ezeaputa guilty of controlling a drug transaction from his prison cell, where he was serving a 20-year jail term for drug offences.

The report said the transaction involved 350 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

With the latest development more than 60 people are on death row in Indonesia for drug offences.

The report said Indonesia executed six drug convicts in January and was preparing to put to death another 10 death-row inmates.

It said these include 2 Australians who have been the subject of a diplomatic row between Jakarta and Canberra.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International said in its annual report on the death penalty worldwide released on Wednesday that "Indonesia stood out for all the wrong reasons."

Papang Hidayat, Head, Amnesty Researcher, Indonesia, said the death penalty was always a human rights violation.

He said there were many issues in Indonesia, in particular fair trial concerns, that make death sentences more complicated.

Hidayat said investigations by human rights groups have found that individuals sentenced to death have been tortured and forced to sign police investigation reports.

Source: Nigeria Guardian, April 2, 2015

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