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…

Hungary could be thrown out of EU if it brings back death penalty, says Jean-Claude Juncker

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban
European Commission president's remarks follow controversial greeting of Hungary PM as "dictator" at Riga summit last month

Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, has warned that Hungary could be thrown out of the EU if it goes ahead with proposals to reintroduce the death penalty.

Mr Juncker's comments come just over a week after he sparked controversy at an EU summit in Riga by greeting Viktor Orban, Hungary's prime minister, with the words "Hello dictator".

In an interview with Germany's Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, Mr Juncker on Monday warned that "if Hungary wanted to introduce the death penalty, that would be a ground for divorce."

"A reason for divorce! One of my political beliefs is that there shall be no death penalty. Anyone who introduces the death penalty has no place in the European Union."

Mr Orban's relations with other EU leaders have been strained for some time over his close ties with Russia and authoritian policies.

His government has stressed it has no plans to reintroduce the death penalty, and says it only broached the subject because of increased public debate surrounding it.

Mr Orban said late last week he is ready to talk with Brussels but "is against anyone driving the country out of the EU and Nato".

"For us Hungarians they are our family," he said.

Source: The Telegraph, June 1, 2015

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