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: 2 executed in Rasht; young man spared by victims' family at gallows

Iran Human Rights, June 15, 2015: According to official reports from the Department of Justice in Gilan, two prisoners with drug related charges were hanged to death in Lakan Prison (i.e. Rasht Central Prison) on Saturday morning. 

The report identifies the prisoners as E.M., 54 years old and Q.P., 44 years old.

The report claims that E.M. was charged with possession of 994 kg of heroin and Q.P. was charged with selling, buying, and possessing 24 kg of opium.

Source: Iran Human Rights, June 15, 2015

Iran: Victims' family forgives young killer at gallows

June 14, 2015: the execution of a 22-year-old man was halted at the very last minute in Arak, the capital of Markazi Province, the IRNA reported.

The unidentified convict had killed his aunt and her husband in 2013 when stealing from their home.

The victims' family forgave him early in the morning when he was brought to the site of his execution.

Sources: Tehran Times, HOC, June 15, 2015

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