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…

Pakistan: Three executed in Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Multan

May 21, 2015: Three convicts were executed in Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Multan jails, raising the total number of executions to 107 since Pakistan reversed the self-imposed moratorium on the death penalty in December 2014 after the Taliban school massacre.

The first two convicts on death row were hanged early morning in Gujranwala and Faisalabad Central jails. 

The offender, Aijaz, in Central Jail Gujranwala, had committed a murder in 1998. 

While the hanging of another offender, Amjad, who had been convicted of killing a man in 1999, was adjourned at the request of a plaintiff. 

Convict Shaukat Masih was executed in Central Jail Faisalabad after being convicted for a murder committed in 2000. 

While the execution of convict Abid was deferred as according to jail sources. Abid’s relatives had filed an appeal in the High Court for a review of the execution order. 

Meanwhile, in Central Jail Multan, a prisoner, Abbas was also hanged early morning. 

Abbas had murdered his uncle and uncle's son due to an argument over land in 1998. 

Sources: thenews.com.pk, HOC, May 21, 2015

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