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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…

Pakistan: Four hanged in Lahore, Multan, Sahiwal

May 23, 2015: At least four murder convicts were sent to the gallows in the jails of Lahore, Multan and Sahiwal, raising the total number of executions to 111 since Pakistan reversed the self-imposed moratorium on the death penalty in December 2014 after the Taliban school massacre.

Two death row inmates were executed in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Central Jail. 

One of them, identified as Ehsaan, was sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) for killing a person in 2002, while Rashid Muneer, had killed two people, Khalid and Imtiaz, over a minor dispute in 1991.

Abdul Ghaffar was executed in Multan Central Jail for killing his wife and two other people in 1999 over a family dispute.

Mohammad Wazir was hanged in Sahiwal Central Jail for killing a man in Rajanpur in 1991.

Meanwhile, murder convict Mohammad Saleem got a reprieve as the aggrieved side approached the magistrate with the deal document at the eleventh hour. Saleem had killed his cousin in 2004. 

Sources: PTI, Dunya News, khybernews.tv, HOC, May 23, 2015

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