Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

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 executes 17 on death row, highest ever since lifting moratorium

Pakistan on Tuesday hanged 17 prisoners, the highest number of executions on a single day since reversing of the country’s self-imposed moratorium on the death penalty in December after the Taliban school massacre.

The prisoners were executed in different jails of Punjab and Balochistan province.

Sixteen executions were carried out in different jails of Punjab province, including Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Multan, Sahiwal, Gujrat, Lahore and Rawalpindi while one man was hanged in Macch jail of Quetta.

Three convicts Inayatullah, Zafar Iqbal and Muhammad Latif were hanged in Central Jail in Gujranwala.

Inayatullah was convicted for the murder of seven people from the same family in Wazirabad.

Iqbal and Latif were hanged for shooting four people including one woman.

Three men Muhammad Hussain, Nizamuddin and Azam were hanged in Central Jail Faisalabad.

The first two were convicted for the murder of three people in 1998, while Azam was convicted for murdering seven people from one family in 2004.

Another three persons were hanged in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail for murder.

Separately, in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail, two convicts were hanged for murder.

Two men were hanged in Sialkot Jail for the gang-rape of a minor in 1999, while one person was hanged in Multan’s Central jail for committing murder in 2000.

Another man was executed in Sahiwal’s Central Jail for murdering a man in 1998, while convict Azhar Mehmood was hanged in Gujrat District Jail for murder in 1995.

A convict named Riaz Ahmed was also hanged for murder in Quetta’s Mach jail.

The latest executions bring ober 80 the number of convicts hanged since Pakistan resumed executions on December 17, a day after a Taliban attack on an army school in Peshawar that killed more than 150 people, mostly children.

There are more than 8,000 death row prisoners in the country.

Initially executions were limited to terrorism offences but on March 10 the government decided to implement death penalty in all cases following the Peshawar school massacre in December.

Source: Press Trust of India, April 21, 2015

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