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…

New hearing for Kenyan sentenced to death with UK help

A Kenyan court will this Monday and Tuesday hear the appeal of a man who was sentenced to death after a flawed trial, on charges relating to the murder of a Briton.

Ali Babitu Kololo, a 35-year-old father of two from a marginalised tribe in northern Kenya, was sentenced to death in 2013 after Kenyan police tortured him into ‘confessing’ that he led Somali kidnappers to an island resort, where they would abduct a British woman, Judith Tebbutt, and kill her husband David. 

British police flew to Kenya to assist with the prosecution investigation, and testified for the prosecution, despite Mr Kololo's torture and the likelihood that he would receive the death penalty.

Mr Kololo’s trial was based solely on limited circumstantial evidence, and was conducted in a language he does not speak fluently, and without the presence of his lawyer during crucial hearings. Mr Kololo has always maintained his innocence.

In hearings beginning on Monday (25th), the Malindi High Court will consider Mr Kololo’s appeal against his conviction, including deciding whether his lawyers can present new evidence not heard at his original trial.

Source: Reprieve, May 22, 2015

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