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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…

Pakistan: 5 more hangings in 3 Punjab jails

April 16, 2015: Five murder convicts were hanged in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and Faisalabad, raising the total number of executions to 75 since Pakistan reversed the self-imposed moratorium on the death penalty in December 2014 after the Taliban school massacre.

Two death row inmates – Majid and Qaiser – were executed in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail in two separate murder cases. 

Majid was accused of murdering six people in Wah Cantt while Qaiser was awarded the death penalty for killing an associate.

Two more prisoners – Aijaz and Abdul Jabbar – were hanged at the Central Jail in Gujranwala. Both the convicts were found guilty of killing two persons in 1995 and 2001 respectively.

Convict Zafar Iqbal was hanged to death in the Faisalabad Central Jail. The inmate was accused of murdering a woman who resisted during a robbery in 2005.

Meanwhile, hanging of two death row prisoners was halted after families of Nizam Din and Muhammad Hussain presented compromise agreement to the jail authorities. 

Sources: geo.tv and dnd.com.pk, April 16, 2015

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