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…

At least Five People Executed in Iran Today, One Hanged in Public

Public hanging in Iran (file photo)
5 prisoners were hanged in 2 Iranian cities Tuesday morning May 19, reported Iranian state media.

According to the official website of the Iranian Judiciary in Fars province (Southern Iran), one man was hanged publicly in the city of Shiraz this morning. 

The man who was identified as "Hossein A" was convicted of rape, said the report which also mentioned that he was sentenced to 37 years in prison and 111 lashes for kidnapping and robbery.

4 prisoners were hanged in the prison of Arak (Central Iran) this morning, reported the official website of Judiciary in Markazi province. 

These prisoners were identified as "Abdolrahman Sh.", "Isa B." and "Alireza B." for participation in trafficking of 111 kilograms of heroin, and "Ahmadreza M." for selling 11 grams of the narcotic substance "crystal", possession of 601 grams of heroin and 79 grams of crystal.

The above mentioned charges have not been confirmed by independent sources.

The website of the "Human Rights Activists News Agency" (HRANA) reported about execution of 5 prisoners in the Adelabad prison of Shiraz. 

One of the prisoners was identified as "Mehdi Keshavarz" and all of them were convicted of murder, said the report. 

These executions have not been announced by the official sources yet.

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 20, 2015

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