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…

Iran: 13 executions, one in public

Iran: Public execution of “Mohammad Javad V. on June 11 (or 12), 2015
Iran: Public execution of “Mohammad Javad V. on June 11 (or 12), 2015
Iran Human Rights, June 12, 2015: According to official reports from Iran, 13 prisoners were hanged to death between Wednesday and Thursday.

A state-run newspaper in Iran reported on the execution of 11 prisoners in Karaj’s Rajai Shahr Prison on Wednesday. 

The newspaper listed their charges as murder and gang-related, but did not provide any details except for their ages ranging from 25 to 57.

The website of the Attorney General of the province of Ardebil reported on the execution of one prisoner on Thursday for possessing 163 grams of heroine. 

The charge was reportedly issued in branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in Orumiyeh where the prisoner was sentenced to death by hanging.

The Attorney General’s office of the province of Fars reported on the public execution of “Mohammad Javad V.”, a prisoner charged with rape. 

The prisoner was publicly hanged to death amid onlookers in the county of Fasa.

Source: Iran Human Rights, June 13, 2015

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