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…

Maldives: Two 16-year-old murder convicts sentenced to death

May 11, 2015: the Juvenile Court sentenced two 16-year-old murder convicts to death.

One of the minors was accused of murdering Hussein Waheed while the other was accused of aiding the crime. One of them had attacked Waheed while the other had helped him escape on his motorcycle. Both defendants had denied the crime.

However, the Court’s verdict states that four witnesses had testified against the minor facing murder charges while three witnesses had testified against the minor charged with aiding him.

Waheed’s family had also demanded that the culprits be given a death sentence.

This is the Juvenile Court's second death sentence since 27 April 2014, when detailed regulations on the implementation of the death sentence came into force in the Maldives.

According to the new regulation, minors convicted of intentional murder shall be executed once they turn 18. 

Source: Haveeru Online and Hands Off Cain, May 11, 2015

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