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…

Saudi Arabia beheads two, reaches 100 executions this year

Medieval and barbaric: public beheading in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia on Monday beheaded two convicted criminals, bringing to 100 the total executions in the Gulf kingdom this year, AFP reported.

One of the people beheaded Monday, a Syrian drug trafficker named Ismael al-Tawm, smuggled “a large amount of banned amphetamine pills into the kingdom,” according to a Saudi interior ministry statement.

A separate statement said the other person beheaded was Rami al-Khaldi, a Saudi national convicted of stabbing another Saudi to death.

The number of executions carried out in Saudi Arabia this year has skyrocketed since 2014, when the total number of executions was 87 for the entire year, reported AFP.

The majority of executions in Saudi Arabia are due to murder and drug convictions.

London-based human rights watchdog Amnesty International has stated that use of death penalty for any but the “most serious crimes” violates international law. However, under Saudi Arabia’s legal code, murder, drug trafficking, rape, homosexuality and other crimes are punishable by death.

Source: Agence France-Presse, June 15, 2015

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