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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…

Unmarried couple caned in Aceh, Indonesia

Public caning in Aceh
Public caning in Aceh, Indonesia (file photo)
An unmarried couple have been caned by order of the Bener Meriah regency administration in Aceh after they were found guilty of making love.

The caning of Satrio Guntari bin Suwondo and Saidatul Husni binti Samsul Aam was carried out in public after Friday prayers at Al-Amin Pante Raya grand mosque in Bukit District, in accordance with the shariah code that is implemented in Aceh.

"The two convicts should have been whipped seven times but because they have already served a 30-day jail sentence, the caning sentence was reduced to six strokes," Simpang Tiga Redelong chief prosecutor Bambang Panca said.

Head of the Sharia Agency in Bener Meriah Tengku Almujani said the public shaming of the couple would be a good lesson for local people.

"It would certainly be a humiliation if those undergoing the caning were our own children or grandchildren. We hope this the last caning in the regency," he said as quoted by kompas.com.

Source: The Jakarta Post, April 24, 2015

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