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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…

Saudi Arabia beheads Indian national, own citizen

Public beheading in Saudi Arabia
Public beheading in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia beheaded two people for murder Wednesday, one of whom was from India, the interior ministry said.

Sajada Ansari, a shepherd, was convicted of robbing his Saudi boss as he slept and beating him to death with a hammer, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

The other convict, Saudi Mater al-Rowaeeli, was condemned for shooting dead his ex-wife and two of their children.

Both executions were carried out in the kingdom's north.

They bring to 65 the number of beheadings by the sword this year in Saudi Arabia, a surge that compares with 87 death sentences in all of 2014, according to AFP tallies.

Drug trafficking, rape, murder, apostasy, homosexuality and armed robbery are all punishable by death under the kingdom's strict version of Islamic sharia law.

Amnesty International's 2014 global report on the death penalty ranks Saudi Arabia among the top five executioners in the world.

The interior ministry has cited deterrence as a reason for carrying out the punishment and says executing murderers aims "to maintain security and realise justice".

Source: Agence France-Presse, April 23, 2015

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