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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…

Nebraska: Group unveils ads aimed at death penalty petition drive

A group that opposes Nebraska's death penalty petition drive has released 2 television ads urging voters not to sign a petition that seeks to put the issue on the 2016 ballot.

Nebraskans for Public Safety posted the ads on social media on Monday and said they will run on television starting Tuesday.

The ads feature Nebraska voters Martha Brown, Timorree Adams Klinger and state Sen. Colby Coash of Lincoln, a conservative who led the repeal effort in the Legislature this year.

Danielle Conrad, a spokeswoman for the group, says the death penalty is broken and should left in the past. Nebraska last executed an inmate in 1997.

The ads can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/1SDB1wL.

The group Nebraskans for the Death Penalty has until Aug. 27 to gather signatures.

Source: KETV news, June 23, 2015




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