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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…

Iran: 1 execution, 3 public floggings

Public flogging in Iran (file photo)
Public flogging in Iran (file photo)
One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Ardebil (Northwestern Iran) Saturday morning (May 23, 2015), reported the Iranian state media.

The prisoner, who was not identified by name, was sentenced to death by the Ardebil Revolution Court (Section 1), charged with buying and possession of 990 grams of heroin and 995 grams of crystal, reported the state run Fars news agency.

Iran Human Rights has observed a sharp increase in the number of executions for drug offences in the past few months in Iran.

The official website of the Judiciary in Khorasan Razavi (Northeastern Iran) flogging sentences of 3 prisoners were carried out publicly in the town of Joghatai near Mashhad. 

The prisoners were charged with drug offences and robbery, said the report. 

The number of lashes was not mentioned in the report.

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 24, 2015

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